One visit to Oklahoma changed that plan.
"It was my first visit," Bell said. "I was setting up my spring tour and I knew I was going to check some places out. Then I went to OU and they were real, they treated me right. The whole coaching staff was awesome. I called the next morning and it was a done deal.
"I had a lot of visits set up but I cancelled them all. There was just no reason for it."
Bell sealed the deal on Wednesday, signing with Oklahoma early in the morning before holding a signing ceremony at Bishop Carroll in the afternoon.
"We knew when we left," Blake's father Mark Bell said of the decision to sign with the Sooners. "We were getting ready to go to a lot of big-time programs, we already had them set up, but we left there and we knew. We cancelled everything, sometimes you just know it. There was no doubt in our mind."
And nothing that happened since Bell's commitment changed his decision. The Sooners' struggles in 2009 and the emergence of Landry Jones at the quarterback position didn't cause Bell to waver.
"It's one of those things were I didn't want to go back and forth," Blake Bell said. "I know it was a tough deal when Sam (Bradford) got hurt and Landry did a great job coming in. I'm just going to come in and see what happens."
The combination of OU's recent offensive success and the relationship he developed with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel was more than enough to keep Bell committed. And the success of recent Sooner quarterbacks like Bradford — a Heisman Trophy winner and projected NFL first-round pick — was another strong draw.
"That was one thing I liked about coach Heupel," Blake Bell said. "He can make a quarterback, Sam going in, he was average (as far as recruiting rankings) but he's unbelievable now with what coach Heupel has done with him."
Said Mark Bell: "There's no secret what the quarterback position does down there. They've won more than one Heisman at that position and they surround you with quality athletes. You see that and you get excited."