March 13, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State Head Football Coach Lawrence Kershaw has announced the signing of Fayetteville's Phillip Bell to a National Letter of Intent. Bell attends E.E. Smith High School where he played quarterback and defensive back for the Golden Bulls under Head Coach Duran McLaurin. E.E. Smith finished the 2012 season with an 11-2 overall record.
"Phillip Bell is a great person," says Coach Kershaw. "I got a chance to meet him when I went over to E.E. Smith and what everybody said about him was true. He is just a great kid; always says yes sir or no sir. You can tell he is from a military family and he is the type of kid that you want in your program. We want great kids that can play in our program."
Bell, who measures out at 5-11 and 185 pounds, was a force last season for E.E. Smith; both throwing and running the football. He finished second in the county in passing and rushing en route to being named the Mid-South Conference 4A Player of the Year and The Fayetteville Observer's All-Cape Fear Region Team. As a senior, Bell passed for 1,915 yards and 18 touchdowns on 203 attempts. He averaged 147.3 yards passing per game and threw for a season-high 259 yards in a 42-14 victory over Northern High School. Bell also passed for 238 yards in a win against South View High School.
On the ground, Bell rushed 1,415 yards on 147 carries and 20 touchdowns. He averaged 108.8 yards rushing per game; including 215 yards against Seventy-First High School. Bell accumulated over 100 yards rushing in eight games last season and recorded a season-best three touchdowns against Terry Sanford High School.
E.E. Smith High School advanced to the third round of the 2012 NCHSAA Class 4A Playoffs before being eliminated by Scotland County High School. The Golden Bulls went a perfect 6-0 in region play.
E.E. Smith Football Coach Duran McLaurin and QB Phillip Bell
Phillip Bell also had a spectacular sophomore season with 1,187 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. He marked a season high total of 308 passing yards and 4 touchdowns against Jack Britt High School. Bell also had a stellar performance against Pine Forest High with 13-of-17 passes completed (.765 completion percentage) for 239 yards.
"It was also big just to get a local talent from Fayetteville to stay home," Kershaw says. "We just want to let the local kids know that they will be recruited and offered. If they want to choose to stay close to home with their family, friends, neighbors and everybody else who wants to come see them play on Saturdays; then they will have that opportunity."
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