Guest blogger: Randallstown cornerback Christian Bell
By KATHERINE DUNN
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 01, 2013 | 3:06 PM
During the school year, Varsity Letters will periodically ask student-athletes from various sports to step in as guest bloggers. They will share their personal thoughts about one aspect of their season or reflect on the season to date.
This week's guest is Randallstown senior Christian Bell, who with his twin brother Marcus has Baltimore County receivers seeing double when they run into the bookend cornerbacks. Christian has two interceptions, 13 tackles and two pass deflections while Marcus has 16 tackles, an interception and a sack.
Rams coach Ray Wright said both have the ability to play at the next level, but in the meantime, the twins want to help Randallstown (3-1) continue its turnaround after winning only one game last season.
Here's what Christian wrote about what the brothers call their "twinnection" on the field and their interest in playing in college:
When my brother and I step on the field we have a connection. We give each other tips on the receivers and what routes they are running. Whenever we get an interception we run to each other and jump up. We are one of the best cornerback tandems in Baltimore County and City, to be honest. We both have the same playing style. When people come see us play, they say we are like Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson. Or even [Darelle] Revis and [Antonio] Cromartie. Both groups describe me and my brother.
My brother's play style is like Tyrann Mathieu, because he is a playmaker. My brother is always on the tackle when it comes his way, and when the ball is up in the air he uses his quick speed and good hands to intercept the ball. Myself, I'm described more as the coverage corner than an aggressive corner like my brother. My play style is like Patrick Peterson who shuts down top receivers. I use my quick feet and agility to back pedal while at the same time use my soft hands to grab the interception.
Growing up playing together was always fun. We would always compete during the games to see who really is better. That's the number one question asked when we play, they say "So which twin is better?" We just look at each other and smile with laughter. We just say "Come see for yourself and you decide."
Since we are now seniors, we are seeking offers from any college program. Our dream is to play at a Division I school. Many coaches and spectators have said we can play at the Division I level. If any Division I college gives us an opportunity, me and my brother are up to the challenge.
Schools that we are interested in are University of Maryland, University of Virginia, Towson University, Morgan State University, Old Dominion University, Rutgers, Penn State, NCCU, Temple and Ohio State.