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Burroughs’ Bell Commits to San Diego State

Rushing for more than 1,000 in both his sophomore and junior years, Burroughs High tailback Chance Bell certainly opened the eyes of college coaches, many of which offered him a scholarship.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Bell decided to end the recruiting process Monday when he announced he has verbally committed to San Diego State University.

“I’ve dreamed of playing college football practically my whole life and now my dream is coming true,” Bell posted to his Twitter account. “I would like to thank all of the coaches and coaching staffs that believe in me enough to extend a full-ride scholarship offer to me.”


Bell rushed for 1,124 yards in 150 carries as a sophomore, scoring nine touchdowns.

Last season, in 11 games he had 1,378 yards and 23 touchdowns in 178 carries.  He was named the Pacific League Player of the Year.

Burroughs went to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs, only to lose to St. Francis in a game that Bell did not play in due to a leg injury.

Bell had posted to his Twitter account that he had offers from 12 schools.

His commitment to San Diego is the fifth for the Aztecs’ 2017 class. Bell, who is labeled a three-star recruit by Scout.com, also had offers from Illinois, Iowa State, New Mexico, Idaho and Hawaii, among others.

Although Bell has essentially ended the recruiting process, he will not sign with San Diego State until National Signing Day in early February.

This means he can still explore other schools and take up to five official visits to those schools.

Ironically, the coach that recruited Bell was San Diego State offensive coordinator Jeff Horton, who was the head coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, when Burroughs head coach Mike Reily played there.


Burroughs Football Hooks Up With Elite

When nothing is at stake it certainly doesn’t hurt to aim for the top.

That’s exactly what Burroughs High coach Mike Reily and his team had in mind Wednesday evening when the Indians hosted three others schools in a round robin passing league at Memorial Field. Score was not kept for any of the games.

Chaminade, which has been placed in Division I in the new CIF Southern Section playoff structure, was the headline team at the event. Also coming to Burroughs was Sierra Canyon, which will play in Division 4 next season and former Foothill League rival Saugus, which will play in Division 5.

Burroughs is slated to compete in Division 8.

“We like bringing in great teams so we use that as a gauge or measuring stick of where we might be going into our season,” Reily said. “Having high caliber teams does us good.”

Burroughs has three vying for the starting quarterback job in Hayden Zepeda, Gabriel Pellot and David Lennstrom.


Zepeda played quarterback for league rival Pasadena last season .

“He was in their rotation,” Reily said. “He suffered some injuries last year, which kept him out of some games.”

With teams having the option of when to take their dead period, Burroughs got a late start.

“We took our three-week dead period at the beginning of the summer,” Reily said. “We’re going to take another little break. Next week is our last week of summer ball.”

The Indians were hit hard by losses to graduation, but have their main offensive weapon back in running back Chance Bell, who was the Pacific League Player of the Year last season. Bell has already received a number of college scholarship offers with the most recent coming from the Air Force Academy.

“He’s not only a great athlete, he’s a great leader,” Reily said of Bell. “He leads by example – not only on the field, but also in the weight room.”


Burroughs is hoping Bell will have lots of room to run behind 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman Jesse Chamberlain, a first-team all-league pick last season.

Tommy Howe (5-11, 230) is also a third-year varsity player who will probably be the starting center.


Burroughs will play a scrimmage against former Foothill League rival Hart, before opening the season on the road against Cathedral. Hart and Cathedral are both Division 3 playoff teams.

The Indians’ two others nonleague opponents are Royal of Simi Valley and Diamond Ranch of Diamond Bar. Both of those teams are in Division 7.