"I just started watching Dexter McCluster last year, and we have the same game," added Da'Shawn Bell. "That's when I got interested in Ole Miss. I like to run the ball, and I know Coach Nutt likes to run it. I have been watching his teams since Darren McFadden was there. I heard they were interested in me so I came down there to check it out with my teammate, Dwight Trammer. I spoke to their running back coach and decided to come look at it."
What did he learn about the Rebels?
"The town is a real college town. It is a football school. That is all everyone talks about. People knew who I was out of nowhere. It was crazy. I did not expect for it to be that good, but it is the best school I have seen so far."
What stood out the most?
"The coaches. They all said hello and introduced themselves to me. They just gave me that warm feeling. I guess you could say the have that southern hospitality to them. They told me to come back to one of their summer camps so they can get a look at me up close. Coach (Derrick) Nix said he wanted to coach me at one his camps so he can try and get me an offer."
What questions did Da' Shawn have before he came on the trip and were they answered?
"I asked them about their business school so they drove me around and took me on a tour of their business school. It was first class. That was mainly what was on my mind. The school was just way better than I expected. When we were driving there, I did not really see anything. I was like, man, this place is out in the middle of nowhere. But then we got to the town and saw the campus and football stadium. I was like, man, this place is nice. The people were so friendly. I love that southern hospitality they show you. I am not used to that."
Where all has Bell visited so far?
"I have been to Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Toledo and now Ole Miss and MTSU."
Any future visits on tap?
"I am going to Ohio, Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Ohio State in the next few weeks."
Who are the top schools right now?
"Really, Ole Miss, Michigan, Central Michigan, and Michigan State."
What is going on with Michigan?
"They like me. I am a change of pace back, and they me to come over there and go to one of their camps too so I can get a feel for working out with their running back coach."
And Michigan State?
"Their running back coach watched my film and said I was a good back. They want me to come to one of their camps too. I am going to a bunch of camps this summer like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Central Michigan, just a bunch. Everyone is telling me pretty much the same thing. Come work out with their running back coach to see if we mesh or not."
Da'Shawn rushed for 1, 205 yards and 9 TD's in the 2010 campaign.