QB Blake Bell falls in latest Rivals rankings
When they got a verbal commitment from Wichita product Blake Bell, the Sooner coaching staff thought they were getting the highest-rated high school QB in the nation.
But following a poor showing at Sunday’s Elite Action Combine, Bell tumbled in the latest Rivals100 rankings from No. 25 all the way down to No. 88.
“Blake has worlds of potential based on his big frame, a good arm and unique physical tools, but if you’re going to be the No. 1 quarterback in the nation you’ve got to come strong every time out,” Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons said in an article in USA Today. “He had trouble putting good spin on the ball, was very erratic with his accuracy and his arm strength didn’t shine through like it does on film.”
But Bell isn’t the only QB to struggle in the Rivals rankings. No QB is ranked in Rivals’ top 50, suggesting the perceived weakness of this year’s group.
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) quarterback Phillip Sims is now the top QB nationally, ranked No. 58. He is currently committed to Alabama. Bell is now ranked third.
Curiously, Houston native and Texas commitment Connor Wood, the QB the Sooners first offered, was rated No. 151 in the Rivals top-250 players.
Other than Bell, OU had three of its verbal commitments ranked in the Rivals250.
Pflugerville (Texas) offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson was ranked No. 123, followed by Irving (Texas) DB Eddrick Loften at No. 132 and Flower Mound (Texas) DT Daniel Noble at No. 236.
By Jake Trotter
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