Three weeks ago when Penn State took on Minnesota, a sign was draped from the front row of the student section in Beaver Stadium that read: CHRIS ring the BELL for Penn State.
Consider the Bell rung.
Today at a press conference from the Military Circle Downtown Locker Room in Norkfolk, Va., five-star wide receiver Chris Bell did just that and committed to Penn State.
Scout Audio: Chris Bell's Announcement
"The school I have chosen is Penn State," says the five star wide receiver. "Penn State has all the integrity that any parent could be proud about. They have had a great recruiting classes for the third year in a row, and I don't want to miss out. What I really like about Penn State is that the crowds are amazing, they get into football. I can't wait to be a part of that."
Ranked by Scout.com as the No. 5 receiver in the nation, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound blue-chip prospect from Granby High in Norfolk will join a young Nittany Lions' wide receiver corps that has been already been lauded as one of the main ingredients to Penn State's offensive turnaround from the last few seasons. While there has been no shortage of speed for the current Penn State wide receivers, Bell will add a needed size and speed component to an already dangerous group.
As Bell said during his announcement, "Penn State has been there for me since 8th grade," Bell said. "I’m not about who won or lost, I like what Penn State is about. Those people get into their football, and I believe I’ll get the crowd even more jacked up by coming there. I think they're going to build something like USC."
Bell is the eighth player to commit to Penn State for the Class of 2006 and the third to do so in the last 10 days. For the entire breakdown of Lion commitments, see the rundown here.