AJC Super 11 candidate: Sandy Creek QB Ronnie Bell

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released on Aug. 15)

The AJC Super 11 candidate: Sandy Creek QB Ronnie Bell

The skinny: The 6-foot, 175-pound Bell was one of the state’s biggest surprises last year, coming out of nowhere as a first-year starter at the all-important QB position to help Sandy Creek win the Class AAAA state championship, the first-ever football title for a Fayette County school. Bell completed 177 of 228 passes for 2,003 yards and 17 TDs with 6 interceptions.

Colleges: Bell is referred to by some scouts as “one of Georgia’s best-kept secrets” and has an early offer from Ohio at QB. He is also on the shortlist for QB scholarship consideration at Louisville, Vanderbilt, Air Force, and Georgia Southern, among others. Other high D1 schools like Bell as an “athlete” who can play QB, WR, or DB, along with all special teams.

They said it: “My preference is to play QB in college, but I would play any position on the field that would help my team win. My team winning is the most important thing to me.” — Ronnie Bell.

The lowdown: Bell’s duty last year was simply to “manage” or oversee one of the state’s most high-powered offenses, led by the AJC’s Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year, RB Rajion Neal, who signed with Tennessee. Neal may have been Georgia’s most talented tailback by the end of his senior year — yes, ahead of MLK’s Mack Brown (signed with Florida), Southwest DeKalb’s Ken Malcombe (UGA), Loganville’s Storm Johnson (Miami) — but that’s another story for another day. Back to Bell: His No. 1 job last year was to keep the offense running as mistake-free as possible. Bell has always been admired for his leadership and, as the season progressed, he showed he could do more than hand-offs, rollouts, and short passes.  Sandy Creek’s coaches gave Bell more freedom to make plays, which in turn transformed the team to nearly unstoppable down the stretch. Defenses could not key on Neal or they would be burned by Bell and his fleet of D1 wide receivers (three with major-college offers). Like most high school QBs, Bell needs to work on his mechanics. He throws from all kinds of different angles, but he always seems find a way to get the ball there. When he has time to set up in the pocket and follow through on his footwork, Bell hurls one of the most beautiful deep balls you’ll see in high school. He needs to learn how to protect the football a little better when taking off downfield, but he’s definitely a serious running threat when he decides to run — very physical and fast. If Bell has the choice of running out of bounds or over a DB, he’s probably going to choose the latter.

If it was completely my vote: Ronnie Bell is an excellent high school QB. I like him but he’s a long shot. I’m with the college recruiters on this one: I was pleasantly surprised with his junior year but I want to see if he can do it again as a senior. Was it for real? Or was I dreaming? The world will be watching his first 6-8 games.

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What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate, Sandy Creek QB Ronnie Bell? Please post below.

NOTE to kids reading this who want to play college football: Watch and study Bell’s YouTube video and you may want to consider putting together something like it for yourself. I love it. It’s very simple editing with nothing flashy (expensive and a total waste of money). College scouts want to see the plays, not the fancy graphics or music. Most importantly, this video shows Bell in all kinds of different play situations. A little bit of everything. It’s also edited very tightly, from a couple of seconds before the snap to about 1-2 seconds after the play. Overall, however, it’s a little long. Ideally, you want the video to go from 5-8 minutes and put your best plays in the first two minutes. If colleges want more film, they will request it. Anyways, you create the video, throw it up on YouTube and email the scouts the link. For more information on how to market yourself, click here

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48 comments Add your comment

destin dawg

July 20th, 2010
6:03 am

destin dawg

July 20th, 2010
6:10 am

good looking QB.. passer & runner… Stay in State… Athens = best college town in USA !! f not UGA then Tech ???

bitter hersall talker

July 20th, 2010
6:33 am

another aaron murry, compare vidio, tech better jump on board before dawgs get him, like him more than lemay, take it from old #34 he is a sure thing. ps any one seen my black trans am georgia bought me??? cant remember ware i left it, hope i got rid of those red panties in the floor board.

Paddy

July 20th, 2010
7:55 am

destin dawg…..you are right. Kids like Bell would really be appreciated if they stayed in-state for their college experience. Do like that Ohio U. is getting into Georgia. Did my post grad work there in Athens. Go Bobcats!

Dynamicbigboy

July 20th, 2010
8:10 am

This kid is good but to call him one of the 11 best players in Georgia is a joke. He has one offer and a few second tier schools are looking at him. If this is the best the AJC can come up with you need to leave football to other publications.

GT man

July 20th, 2010
9:21 am

GT wouldn’t go after him til he gets offers from ECU,Elon or Wofford.

Knows Football

July 20th, 2010
10:09 am

To Dynamicbigboy, Evidently you don’t know high school football, did you watch the tape, this kid broke school and county records. So before you comment, get some knowledge of what you are speaking on. Hudson Mason didn’t have any offers either until at the end of his senior year.

bad brad

July 20th, 2010
10:30 am

Hey Dynamicbigboy, I would call him one of the best 11 in GA. The throws he made in the state championship game were definitely top notch. For some reason, we don’t get a lot of pub on the southside, but look for that to change soon. Rajion Neal, as referenced above, was the best running back in the state last year but didn’t get much interest from the big schools until late in the game. Even when Calvin Johnson was at Creek, he flew under the radar for a long time.

Ronnie Bell is the real deal.

MHC TIGER!

July 20th, 2010
11:08 am

Mike he is good but I dont think he will be the best QB in the region. He is a good athlete however. The stockbridge and Henry Co Qb;s need to be looked at in that region. Both will be first year starters. moody at Henry had to sit behind a accomplished kid. The Prunty Kid at Stockbridge has been eagerly waiting his turn. Both are big,can run and possess strong arms. Prunty 6′2″ 215 and Moody 6′1 190…both competed against some of the best in the metro area at both FBU and dreammakers camps, and both shined. I was disapointed when you evaluated FBU’s camp earlier this summer and you didnt mention neither of them.

That region will be fun to watch. good luck to all three!

MHC TIGER!

July 20th, 2010
11:14 am

Both are rising Juniors also.

Michael Carvell

July 20th, 2010
12:12 pm

@Dynamicbigboy, I like that you are always putting yourself out there, voicing your opinions. However, it would be nice if you provided the reasoning for your opinions, also. I wouldn’t count Bell out for anything at this point. Don’t forget that UGA wonderboy Hutson Mason didn’t get his offer from the Bulldogs until DECEMBER of his senior year. While elite QBs such as Charlotte’s Christian LeMay (committed to UGA) and Ohio’s Braxton Miller (OSU) get super early scholarship offers, the majority of D1 quarterbacks don’t get offered until near the start or even after their senior season. Why is it that way? Why so late for the majority? Because QB is the face of the college program, and if the recruiters are wrong everywhere else, they can’t be wrong at QB. I’m guessing that Bell will get offers by the low- to mid-D1s toward the end of his senior year, even perhaps as late as Dec/Jan. If he is willing and enthusiastic about playing other positions in case QB does not work out (and he appears to be so), then things could accelerate. Then again, if he has a monster start to his senior year at QB, everything could happen super quick. He doesn’t have ideal height, but he is mobile and can throw (when he takes time to focus on his mechanics) — the type of change-of-pace QB so many colleges are seeking these days. It will be interesting to watch Bell in those first 6-8 games. No pressure on Bell, right? lol

zincc

July 20th, 2010
12:35 pm

Great kid! Very talented footballer, but an even better kid. The community is really proud of his accomplishments on AND OFF the field. Hope he is able to get a wonderful scholarship offer.

Stan

July 20th, 2010
12:51 pm

This is the type of QB Calvin Johnson needed when he was at Sandy Creek can you just see the score board light up.

Football Fan

July 20th, 2010
1:11 pm

MHC Tiger: This kid won 14 games and a state championship as a starter last year, along with being AAAA all-state. I think the QB play in his region should start and stop with him until somebody else proves it during a game, not some camp.

Mel on a car phone

July 20th, 2010
1:15 pm

I have a feeling Bell might end up at Miss. State.

Mel on a car phone

July 20th, 2010
1:16 pm

Stan

Agreed. SCHS QBs back in Calvin’s days were (no offense to them) pretty awful passers.

MHC TIGER!

July 20th, 2010
1:41 pm

I agree football fan. Its starts with Bell. I am sure he will be a pre-season favorite. I am just saying after looking at their potential the past two years, seeing their mechanics and work ethic up close and personal, as well as knowing their pedigree…the region will be fun to watch. I did say good luck to all three. prunty is a drop back QB running the triple option so he may not match bells overall numbers, but he is a load with a big arm. Moody is a very a dynamic runner who can throw it as well. Both probably should/could have started as soph. I cant wait!

Pow wow

July 20th, 2010
1:57 pm

This kid Ronnie Bell is trully a QB. He’s been throwing the deep ball 50yds since he was @ north clayton park. There isn’t any other QB in the state with his tools. He’s the same height as Drew Brees so throw that out the window. Except 3,000 yards from him this season.

MHC TIGER!

July 20th, 2010
2:27 pm

lets not talk park ball. NC hasnt been significant in years! LOL All about Glenwood Hills !

“There isn’t any other QB in the state with his tools.” come on! are you serious. first of all, everyone of the top 25 qB’S at any level in the state all have comparable skills. they all do things differently, The difference maker is how they perform outside of football(character, classroom), how they play under pressure, and lastly, how the team around them plays. I’m a homer but a realistic one.

You heard it here! Stockbridge wins the region!

BHS Alum

July 20th, 2010
2:43 pm

We, Banneker, played against him in the region championship game last year. he is the truth. Our secondary featured 1 kid that will play safety at Auburn, 1 kid that will play corner at Tulsa and another kid that will play corner at Tennessee St. and 1 kid that is going to play WR at Auburn and a young sophomore in Chaz Elder who had 5 int last year. He held his own. Made every throw. Very accurate. Good QB and he won the State Championship.

MHC TIGER!

July 20th, 2010
2:43 pm

here are the 2009 4a honorable mentions at QB…jerrick Mckinnon was first team all state(sprayberry) where is he? Honorable mention: QB Ronnie Bell, Sandy Creek; QB Eric Dodson, Thomas County Central; QB Martay Mattox, Clarke Central; QB Marcus Waller, Griffin; QB Mar-Quon Medlock, Richmond Academy; QB Trent Murray, Glynn Academy;

Pow wow

July 20th, 2010
2:56 pm

Tiger, numbers don’t lie. Where is Stockbridge super 11 canidate? You have no idea what you’re in for this season. We’re locked and loaded. We make no predictions because we are the standard by which you measure success. Period

MHC TIGER!

July 20th, 2010
3:15 pm

well your region is new to us. I am being optimistic. Stockbridge hasnt been to the playoffs in 20 years. Time to start now. I hear jackson and eastside will be tough, then Sandy creek is the defending champs. I honestly think stockbridge will make the playofffs. they have a talented group around the prunty kid. if the line holds up they can pose a threat!

Like I said …cant wait! 3 weeks!

MHC TIGER!

July 20th, 2010
3:17 pm

oh yeah…i have been following Ga HS football for a minute…sandy creek is hardly the standard bearer! nice lil 5-6 year run tho!

bad brad

July 20th, 2010
3:24 pm

Bell has some great receivers back this year; Sandy Creek should be back at the top again, escpecially since they are now playing AAA…still a sore point with me.

Pow wow

July 20th, 2010
3:27 pm

When you win a state championship, I believe that is the standard. That’s why you play the game to capture state championships not regions. Thanks for the motivation Tiger. Stockbridge will fare well. Good luck

Wyatt

July 20th, 2010
3:31 pm

Ronnie Bell has a great arm and can throw the ball. His team has respect for his leadership ability. He bought the best out of himself and the team. He is the real deal.

Ernest Bell

July 20th, 2010
3:48 pm

This is my Lil Cuz, I could not be prouder than I am of this young man (and his Mom & Dad BIG RON!!) not only is he a gifted athlete he is an outstanding academic student as well! I look forward to reading and hearing more of Ron Jr. in the near future, remember the name “RON BELL” it has a nice “ring” to it!!!

UK THOROUGHBRED

July 20th, 2010
4:36 pm

Sandy Creek will dominate there new region! Stockbridge will get stomped by the Patriots. The only compettion will be Jackson.

MHC TIGER!

July 20th, 2010
5:01 pm

Thats why they play the game. Stockbridge has about 5-7 poss D1 recruits over next two years. We play the last game of the year. hopefully that will be for the region! Anything can happen after that. I’m just saying, remember Stockbridge. Good Luck to all. this was fun. nice to talk about something thats close to home!
and Mike …keep your eyes on Moody at henry co and Prunty at SHS.

Come december if I’m wrong pitchers on me! LOL

wiley

July 20th, 2010
6:16 pm

Come to GT…we could use players with that kind of attitude.

The Truth

July 21st, 2010
3:07 pm

I have seen him play about 5 times. He is not a D-1 QB. he is talented enought to play at a West Ga or something but definitely no serious college football. Super 11? not even close. no knock on the young man’s character or anything, so i dont need to hear how nice he is. this is a football article. the top 11 are:

Isiah Crowell
Jay Rome
Ray Drew
Nick Marshall
Gabe Wright
Corey Moore
Quan Bray
Terrance Smith
Martay Mattox (alot better than bell)
Armalo Herrera
Sterling Bailey

Knows Football

July 21st, 2010
6:05 pm

Hey Truth – YOU ARE LYIN’ and the Truth is not in you. Next time you watch him play , OPEN UP YOUR EYES(If you watched him play 5 times you sound like a fan to me)

Reeze

July 21st, 2010
6:21 pm

Good looking kid who can throw the ball well……..Super 11?…..My ( and I said MY) top 3 Qb’s this season are, Of course Wilcox’s Nick Marshall , CC’s Martay Maddox and Fitz’s Kaleb Nobles …. Bell is good , Anyone really feels he’s better , or just as good as these 3 kids?

The Truth

July 21st, 2010
8:26 pm

Knows Football… i have no reason to lie. i have ties to Sandy Creek and i am a sports fanatic. anyway, I have opened up my eyes. he is about your normal small college player. nothing more. sorry, that you can’t handle the truth.

Not At QB

July 21st, 2010
9:50 pm

He’s to short and winds-up to throw. Not D1 ready. Plus 2,000 yards in 15 or 16 games is not that many. I follow other state’s high school QBs (FL, SC, AL, LA, MS and TX) and there were a number of QBs in Texas that had 2,000 yards by their 5th game.

Pow wow

July 22nd, 2010
12:09 am

Bell went head to head with Martay Mattox in the championship game. Check the numbers as well as the score. All you so call pundits will be have to eat your words in the end. Take into account the classification.

SCFAN

July 22nd, 2010
12:52 am

Bell had these stats playing 3 quarter games, sometimes 2 due to blow outs. This is high school football not the NFL. Bell’s running back Rajon Neal ran for another 2000 yds, he did not have to throw the ball every down. In your eyes he may not be Super 11, or D1, D2, D3, its about getting a free EDUCATION. According to the article he has D1 offers. I’ll take 2000 yds and take a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP any day. Sandy Creek 2009 AAAA State Champs has a very nice sound.

The Truth

July 22nd, 2010
8:08 am

Yes, he will get a free education. I never doubted that, but the article was about the best 11 players in the state and that he is not. As far as going head to head with Martay Mattox, lol… I guess someone with little football knowledge would say this. I saw a go head to head with DJ shockley in high school. that QB had better numbers than shockley that night and his team won. That QB never played college ball and shockely won an SEC title at UGA. obviously shock was not as good as that QB??? Most irrelevant statment ever!

other sports

July 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

someone explain…Bell is 5′11 165lbs runs 4.78 forty throws for 2000 yards and 17 TD’s and runs for 5 more Td’s….compare that to Rollins 6′ 175lbs runs 4.67 forty throws for 2200 yrds and 23 td’s and runs for 8 more…But Rollins is too small to play QB and Bell is not…wow what is the differing factor to this?

MHC TIGER!

July 22nd, 2010
1:43 pm

“other sports” its all subjective. Bell has a state championship and a honorable mention all state to his credit. like it was said before it starts with him. My thoughts are that neither bell or rollins will be top QB when it is all said and done. The kid at Lassiter looks like he is leading off where Mason ended. And like i said there are some young kids with all the tools that dont have any name recognition…yet.

Like I said. Prunty and Moody. both D1 size , arms and speed. They will end up top QB’s in that region. Sandy Creek may end up the better team. They will be the better QB’s.

1bighammer

July 22nd, 2010
1:45 pm

MHC Tiger…you truly have only been watching GA High School football for a minute. Nice 5 – 6 year run? Sandy Creek has only missed the Playoffs 1 time in the last 11 years. 4 time region champs, 2009 State Champions, heck that seems like a pretty good “Standard”. Keep in mind too that Sandy Creek only has 18 yrs of football.

MHC TIGER!

July 22nd, 2010
4:46 pm

Big hammer, You sound like many schools, example. SWD, has longer history, missed playoffs maybe once or twice past 11 years 1 state championship , more div one prospects each year than sandy creek. Are they the standard in their region or dekalb co? I think not! they used to be, but population trends and more schools being built has hurt them the same way it has benefitted sandy creek. SWD has a Great Program though, before you SWD folks rip me! Love Buck

enuff of the speculation, lets play ball. 3 weeks!

1bighammer

July 22nd, 2010
6:47 pm

MHC Tiger! … I didn’t say it was THE standard I said it was a good Standard. I hope Stockbridge does well this year, they need it. It must be hard to have only had 4 winning seasons in the last 20 years.

Although there may be hope, they are 38-34-1 ALL TIME against teams in the new region.

Good luck to the Tigers.

Trent Marshall

July 26th, 2010
2:24 pm

So far the two QB you (AJC) have talked about Kent Rollins from South Gwinnett and Ronnie Bell from Sandy Creek are good QBs. But the best kept secret is Andre Wilson who is now at Southwest DeKalb. He has completed along side of Rollins at the NUC and they both took home the QB MVP award. Then Wilson was listed as the No.2 QB out the Southeast at the NUC (National Underclassmen Combine). He has also completed along side of Bell at the Steve Clarkson Dreammaker Comp where he ESPN Analyst and I quote, “He might have had the consistently strongest arm of any QB in attendance.His release is quick and the ball jumps out of his hand. Like Bell, Wilson lacks great size in terms of what is considered ideal measurables, but he can throw and run.” And there you had two of the nation top QB present. This guy was in a option offense last year. But this year you will hear about him. I PROMISE (Youtube and GOOGLE him) Andre Wilson conyers

GA football Historian

August 3rd, 2010
11:23 pm

Our standards are high in GA. For AJC Super 11, check out “Akil Dan-Fodio” , QB, Redan HS on YouTube or Goggle his name. This kid has the full package for high school and college, at 6′4″, 210, 4.6/40, gpa 3.9. As a sophomore, he set the single game passing record in talent rich Dekalb County by passing for 422 yds, 4 TDs, 0 Int, 15 of 21(71%), 28 yds/compl. He’s a triple threat: strong and accurate arm, great feet with escapability, and smart (Harvard has already offered him, along with 5 other D1 schools). Make us proud AJC, don’t settle for guys who may become good later. See for yourself! For his Jr. season go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB01UAHP_u0

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3:14 pm

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