Bishop Gorman’s Judah Bell Picks Up Offers From UTSA + Navy
Thursday will go down as a big day in Judah Bell's recruiting process regardless of which school he ultimately picks.
The Bishop Gorman receiver, who announced the news via his personal Twitter account, received college football scholarship opportunities from Texas-San Antonio and Navy within an hour of each other to elevate him to six college choices in total.
Bell (6-3, 180) holds additional invitations from Bowling Green, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette and SMU following a 1,350-yard and 16-touchdown junior campaign. He accomplished the feat with just 68 catches.
Bishop Gorman posted a 8-2 regular season record before falling in the bi-district round of the TAPPS Division II playoffs.
UTSA entered the picture following a 3-9 season, including a 3-5 mark in Conference USA play. Three of their losses came in the first three weeks of the season to power five conference opponents in Arizona, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
Former head coach Larry Coker, the first coach in UTSA history, resigned after the season and was replaced by Frank Wilson. Coker's resignation ended a tenure that began in 2009, a year ahead of UTSA actively recruiting and two years before the program's first interscholastic game.
Wilson, an offensive minded coach, joined the team following six seasons at LSU as an associate head coach, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. He also made stops at Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee after four seasons leading the New Orleans Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School team between 2000 and 2004.
UTSA has not been been a stranger to East Texas through its six years and five seasons of existence. Most recently, Carthage senior defensive end Jarod McLin signed with the program.
UTSA has been bowl eligible twice in its history, but the program is still seeking its first bowl game invitation.
Navy, meanwhile, put up a 10-2 regular season before defeating Pittsburgh in the Poinsettia Bowl to finish its 2015 campaign ranked 18th in the final Associated Press poll. Its two losses came against ranked teams in Notre Dame and American Athletic Conference foe Houston.
Midshipmen head coach Ken Niumatalolo turned down Brigham Young's offer to become its next head coach between the regular season finale against Army and the bowl game and will be in Annapolis, Md., for a 10th season.
Navy successfully recruited Liberty-Eylau safety Andre Wiley Jr. as part of its 2016 signing class. The school's alumni generally move on to officer positions within the United States Navy upon graduation.
The Midshipmen program claims the 1926 national championship and has produced two Heisman Trophy winners through its 136-year history.
Bell, like all high school football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 — offers from Bowling Green, Houston, Navy, SMU, ULL, UTSA (6)
- Lagaryonn Carson, Liberty-Eylau, DE, 6-4, 261 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Trestan Ebner, Henderson, WR, 5-11, 180 — committed to SMU; additional offers from Arkansas, Kansas (3)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR, 6-2, 180 — offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Notre Dame, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane (11)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 — offers from Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas State, ULL (6)
- Jordan Johnson, Hooks, ATH, 6-0, 195 — offer from Air Force (1)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 — offers from SMU, Tulane, ULL (3)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Houston, Kansas, North Texas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (9)
- LaMarcus Morton, Gilmer, WR, 6-2, 175 — offer from Arkansas State, Tulsa, ULL, ULM (4)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-1, 170 — offers from Houston, SMU, Texas State, ULL, UTSA (5)
- Dhailon Phillips, Lufkin, WR, 6-3, 195 -- offer from Texas State (1)
- Kordell Rodgers, Lufkin, QB/ATH, 5-10, 165 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, QB/ATH, 5-11, 160 — offers from Bowling Green, Houston, New Mexico, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, ULL (7)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (9)
- Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, CB, 6-0, 180 — offered by SMU (1)