Inside the Recruitment: '17 SS Tommy Bell commits to Old Dominion

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Tommy Bell, SS, Fairmont HS, Class of 2017

PBR: Why did you choose Old Dominion?

Bell: I choose Old Dominion because of a couple reasons. The school, location, facilities, coaches, and program all seemed like a good fit for me. Also, my family has a history at Old Dominion that I want to be apart of. 

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Bell: I was also considering Air Force and Wright State. 

PBR: How much did playing down south play a part in your decision?

Bell: Growing up I always wanted to play south. However, living in Ohio made me realize that it wouldn't be that different. I would say it had an impact but not as big of one as I anticipated.

PBR: Old Dominion is a very prestigious school academically.  How much of a challenge will it be to balance both academics and athletics at the same time?

Bell: The academics at Old Dominion will be a challenge but I believe I will be able to manage my time well. Taking classes early in the summer will be a huge help.

PBR: Who do you play for in the summer and what was the most memorable experience from this summer?

Bell: I play for the Dayton Dodgers. My most memorable moment was winning the Cal Ripken Experience Tournament in Myrtle Beach. 

PBR:  What person has the greatest impact on your baseball career and why?

Bell:  My dad. I grew up around baseball because he was a coach at Sinclair CC. He was always there for me growing up and had a huge impact on baseball, teaching me everything that he could and I thank him for that. He's still coaching me everyday in baseball and in life. 

PBR: What were your stats this spring season?

Bell: .341,  22 Rs, 3 2B, 1 3B, 10 SB

PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher that you have faced?

Bell: Jackson Tedder