Bell says he wants to help Georgia State win a national title

Ronnie Bell says he likes winning.

He won two state championships as a quarterback at Sandy Creek High School. He wants to win a national championship at Georgia State.

Bell, a transfer from Ohio, said he hasn’t been admitted yet, but plans to enroll at Georgia State for the summer semester and join the football team, as first noted by Panthertalk.com. He hopes to hear about his admission application soon. Bell passed for 4,675 yards, 44 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for the Patriots. He also rushed for nine touchdowns.

He signed with the Bobcats. However, he said he was in a battle with four other quarterbacks. The starter was a redshirt sophomore with three years of eligibility left. The backup was a redshirt freshman. Bell didn’t want to change positions, so after talking with Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker, he decided to change schools. He will have four years of eligibility remaining. Bell said he liked Ohio and the coaching staff, but he wanted to play.

“Georgia State was a good fit for me,” he said. “I felt welcome there. Seemed like a good fit.”

Bell, who is 6-0, 190 pounds, turned down offers from other schools, including Georgia Southern. He said he didn’t think the triple-option was a good fit for his skills. Walker said Bell will be a good fit for Georgia State’s offense, which likes to use a variety of formations.

“He can do it all. He can make every throw in the book,” Walker said. “He’s very athletic. Moves well. He can do anything they want offensively.

“Most important stat is 29-1, his record as a starter. And he can run. We didn’t let him run much, but he’s a guy that can do all that stuff.”

Kelton Hill is the Panthers’ returning starting quarterback. Bo Schlechter and Ben McLane are backups, with another quarterback coming who signed earlier this month. The Panthers went 3-8 last season. They will play their first CAA season this fall.

“I sat down and watched film of their offense,” Bell said. “It’s kind of the same as what I run in high school. Shotgun and some pro-style. They like to throw it and run it. I like to spread the field.”

Bell said he has been working out to stay in shape. He will begin throwing sessions with Walker next week. He plans to major in Economics.

“My goal is to go and help build the program and win,” he said. “I like to win.”

- Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

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GSU_MEX_ALUM

February 9th, 2012
5:31 pm

So, is this the next “Star” or is this kid legit?

zgoldatl

February 9th, 2012
5:33 pm

Sound like the kind of young man we want in the program. Big pick up. And got to love that he picked GSU over Ga Southern.
Go Panthers, Bleed Blue!

J-GSU

February 9th, 2012
5:39 pm

Bell was a winner in high school. He is very legit and should compete for playing time immediately. As far as I’ve heard, no attitude issues.

Panama

February 9th, 2012
5:44 pm

Star was a 4* all world kid who went to the best program in football and crapped out, came to GSU and expected to be handed the job. This kid is a 2* who from all reports seems like a good kid who wanted more playing time and isnt afraid to work. A more apt comparison might be to Donald ‘The Donald” Russell

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GSUBB

February 9th, 2012
5:46 pm

Sounds like we will have QB battle this fall with 2 guys who have a similar style.

Welcome to the Panther Family Ronnie!

GSU is in Atlanta

February 9th, 2012
5:59 pm

Good to hear that he wants to win and is determined to do so. I hope he makes it to GSU so that he and our other QB’s all push each other to become the team that we know they can be.

This type of winning attitude is something that our GSU Football team really needs to overcome last season.

GStateBen

February 9th, 2012
6:16 pm

Thanks for the mention Doug!

Ronnie Bell is NOTHING like Star Jackson. This Spring will be all about how much Kelton Hill has improved because he has someone veyr hungry to challenge him for that starting spot this summer.

Panama

February 9th, 2012
6:19 pm

And lets not forget than Ben McClane is no slouch in the winners category

Junior

February 9th, 2012
7:42 pm

I don’t blame him for turning down GA Southern. Who wants to play in an offense that was inspired by Nintendo’s “Ten Yard Fight” video game.

Panther

February 9th, 2012
9:00 pm

Lol. I like how Ben Moore was our other quarterback. I didn’t realize you had committed Ben;)

Sluggo

February 9th, 2012
9:50 pm

Welcome to the family Mr. Bell.

GStateBen

February 9th, 2012
9:51 pm

Many, many people have said that I need to be committed.

Oh wait…what? LOL.

Panther

February 9th, 2012
9:54 pm

Lol. I see what u did there

Waycross Wizard

February 9th, 2012
10:36 pm

Excellent Pick-up! This is exactly what GSU needs! Competition at the key positions make for a better team!

GSU is in Atlanta

February 10th, 2012
12:06 am

Why is Bo still listed as one of our QB’s? I highly doubt that he will play one second at QB in 2012.

jaxso

February 10th, 2012
12:49 am

national title in what?

GSU is in Atlanta

February 10th, 2012
12:56 am

@jaxso…give it some thought and you just might figure it out, then again that might be over your head.

accm

February 10th, 2012
12:58 am

If you are a talented quarterback, Georgia Southern is not for you. He’d mostly run the ball or do a pitch out playing there.

Huh

February 10th, 2012
8:55 am

National title? In what sport exactly?

GSU

February 10th, 2012
8:59 am

“If you are a talented quarterback, Georgia Southern is for you.”

Well, that’s a pretty dumb statement. Last time I checked, they made the final 4 the past two years. We have no room to talk smack to them until we’re competing at that level. Stay focused.

GSU

February 10th, 2012
9:00 am

This kid is ACTUALLY legit. Huh. Well, congrats. This is an example of something good to build on. Huh. This is weird.

February 10th, 2012
9:27 am

<—————————————— Serious.

Bill Curry

February 10th, 2012
10:09 am

National title for being the best FCS program to play in da dooooooooome?

Doubtful

February 10th, 2012
10:49 am

National Title? I would love it if we could at least win 4 games. Last year was a DISASTER. Why we are sticking with Thompson & Bond is beyond me. If Ron Hunter has proven anything it should be that it’s ALL about the coaching. Nick Saban or Mark Richt could come in here with the same players and win twice as many games. T&B are losers and even though CBC is too nice to do it, someone needs to step up and start chopping heads. It’s time to get serious people. Look at what happened to the defensive coordinator at ODU after the GASO game. One freaking game people and he was GONE!!. If you think that Bobby Wilder is not serious about winning you’re on crack. CBC said from the beginning the sky is the limit for our football program. Well, start walking the walk and make it happen.

Brad Reede

February 10th, 2012
10:58 am

So guys… I’m still looking for my laptop. It just vanished from my room a while back!

AcworthEagle

February 10th, 2012
12:19 pm

Please….you guys are nothing more than one giant Raging Dumpster Fire….And this kid is supposed to change everything? you guys MIGHT win 2 games this year. Oh, wait…..no you won’t. You aren’t playing the Lambuth’s of the world. Better pull up those big boy huggies!

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 10th, 2012
1:26 pm

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Gnats….. gnats…… gnats! There are gnats on this blog! Go back to South Georgia ya gnats! NOT A FINGA ya gnats! lol

gtfanfrom1951

February 10th, 2012
1:59 pm

Georgia Southern scored more points on bama than LSU. The real GSU is in Statesboro!

Michael

February 10th, 2012
2:16 pm

Georgia Southern University Championship Tradition
NCAA National Championships
Football (I FCS) — 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000

NCAA Tournament/Playoff Appearances
Baseball — 1957, 1973 (CWS), 1974, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1990 (CWS), 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009
Men’s Basketball — 1983, 1987, 1992
Women’s Basketball — 1993, 1994
Football — 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010
Golf — 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Softball — 2006
Volleyball — 2001, 2003, 2010

NAIA National Championships (1927-1969)
Baseball — 1962

Southern Conference Championships (1992-present)
Baseball — 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2011
Men’s Basketball — 2001-02, 2005-06
Women’s Basketball — 1992-93, 1993-94, 1997-98, 2000-01
Football — 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
Golf — 2003, 2006, 2011
Softball — 1996, 1999, 2006
Men’s Tennis — 1994
Women’s Tennis — 1995, 1996, 1998
Women’s Track & Field — 2007 Outdoor
Volleyball — 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010

Trans America Athletic Conference Championships (1980-1992)
Men’s All-Sports Championships –1982-83, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1990-91,
Baseball — 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987
Men’s Basketball — 1982-83, 1986-87, 1991-92
Women’s Basketball — 1987, 1988, 1990
Golf — 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991
Women’s Tennis — 1988

He better Transfer to Georgia Southern if he wants a championship. When Georgia State wins their 7th Football national championship, I will gladly call them GSU but not until then. The real GSU is in Statesboro Ga.

Panther

February 10th, 2012
2:18 pm

Please get Goergia Southern on the schedule so we can show everyone who the best football team in Georgia is at any level including GT & UGA.

GSU_2012

February 10th, 2012
2:21 pm

I like the sound of this kid.

Yank

February 10th, 2012
2:30 pm

This kid’s expectations will fit right in with those of some of the delusional, out-of-touch-with-reality Ga. State fans. National championship???

GSU_guy

February 10th, 2012
2:32 pm

Can we please worry about making our own team better before we worry about Georgia Southern?

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February 10th, 2012
2:41 pm

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Circlejerk Russel

February 10th, 2012
2:41 pm

The Statesboring blogs must be a ghost town: all of their village idiots are here giving GSU more page hits. Thanks, GS fans!

To Michael

February 10th, 2012
2:48 pm

How has anything that you listed helped you personally?
How’s law school coming a long or what is your MBA program ranked.
I guess you didn’t feel compelled to mention that about the school you attended, but didn’t graduate from just like over half of your student body.
Southern is a place to party and be entertained.
Sorry I choose education over entertainment everyday of the week.

Pansy Panthers

February 10th, 2012
3:00 pm

Georgia State is awful. They will never be a good football school. NONE of their sports programs are good. What makes you think their football program will be good? The reason this kid chose Georgia State over the real GSU is the fact that Southern has better recruits and current players on their roster than this kid. Wow he won a state championship at Sandy Creek High School. Not that impressive. Please schedule a Ga State vs Ga Southern match up. Southern would smash them hands down.

Any good player that wants to play football in the city of Atlanta will chose GT over Ga State. Panthers fans that think there team is going to be good in a couple of years are in for a rude awakening.

Re: To Michael

February 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

Per U.S. News college ranking… you had a lower graduation %. Nice try!

eagle 1

February 10th, 2012
3:09 pm

“I like to win”. ??? Better get used to losing. ga state is awful and will get pounded in the CAA next year. Good luck kid. Get an education and enjoy playing in the dome in front of about 58,000 empty seats, but I don’t see any championships in your future at ga state.

Paddy

February 10th, 2012
3:29 pm

What did happen to Star Jackson? GSU better worry about beating the mid-level teams in the CAA first. Thats a real tough conference up and down league. Once they can prove to beat the average teams in the CAA then worry about championships. Sounds logical to me. I for one, wish them much success!

Left Coast Dawg

February 10th, 2012
3:36 pm

At least he didn’t say “go undefeated”.

…and for the record (coming from someone who grew up in Georgia), GSU has been referenced to Georgia Southern University not Georgia State University. The latter has always been referred to as only Georgia State.

Go Falcons 89

February 10th, 2012
4:00 pm

Meanwhile the real GSU just signed another top FCS recruiting class. We’ve just snagged a QB being recruited at the FBS level in Vegas Harley not to mention we already have a future starter in Ezayi Youyoute.The reason he’s not coming to Statesboro is because chances are he wouldn’t start at QB and they’d try to make him a running back or something.

Georgia Southern here

February 10th, 2012
4:00 pm

Please come to GSU , and hang out at walmart.

Go Falcons 89

February 10th, 2012
4:13 pm

I personally can’t wait for our two schools to get something scheduled. Hopefully a 2-year home and away type scenario. Don’t worry we can help you feel up the Dome. They’re probably as many Eagle fans in Atlanta as they’re people who’d admit to being Panther fans.

Georgia State here

February 10th, 2012
4:41 pm

Please come to GSU , and get harassed by homeless guys.

To Michael

February 10th, 2012
4:45 pm

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Report Card
The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement produces annual accountability reports for the University System of Georgia and as you may have already guessed Ga State leads Southern in Freshman Retention %, HOPE survival Rate %, and Graduation Rate %. Furthermore since Ga State has 10,000 + more in students, the divide is wider than the percentages report.

Never would have guessed, but again entertainment over education. I’m not saying Southern students are dumb….just saying statistically they fall below the state average in all 3 categories. Who knew? The numbers don’t lie, but at least you have championships.

Look it up yourself 2009-2010 is the most current.

Paddy

February 10th, 2012
4:45 pm

RonPaul2012……….what a racist vermin you are. How did your post get by the censors. What a Maroon. Peole like you need to be in jail for just being a stupid redneck.

Paddy

February 10th, 2012
4:49 pm

RonPaul2012…..ugly people like ron paul can’t elected. Reason; they are butt ugly and tv was invented. Ron Paul, my Irish arse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To Go Falcons 89

February 10th, 2012
4:51 pm

We already scheduled something. It’s called basketball and we beat you by 20 points. I guess you are probably part of the 59.2% that attended Southern, but didn’t graduate. Again the numbers don’t lie look it up for yourself. Southern falls way below the state average. Once again Southern is a party school with good athletics, but how does that help the students who don’t play sports?