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