David Bell announces top 5
On June 7, 4-star wide receiver David Bell announced Indiana had made his top five. The list, which includes solely Big Ten programs, can be seen below in Bell’s tweet.
Though this isn’t great news for Indiana fans, these predictions should be taken with a grain of salt when considering where Bell may find himself.
Bell by the numbers
David Bell is a 6’2, 185-pound wide receiver from Warren Central in Indianapolis, Ind. He’s ranked the 106th best recruit and the 18th best wide receiver in the nation. In addition, Bell is also 274Sports’ second-best recruit in Indiana and the top wide receiver.
In David’s junior season, he put up 1,075 yards on 52 receptions and 11 touchdowns. Those numbers, impressive to say the least, plus his other two varsity seasons put him at 2,925 yards on 155 receptions and 33 touchdowns heading into his senior season. Simply put, the guy is a special athlete.
More than special
While his talent on the football field is good enough to be named the second-best player in Indiana (that’s very good), Bell doesn’t stop impressing there. He is a dynamic two-sport athlete, playing varsity basketball in addition to football. He’s widely considered as only a football recruit, but more and more schools are coming around to him as a basketball player. When asked by Peegs.com if he’d consider playing both basketball and football in college, Bell smiled and said, “I’m still thinking about it, but it could be something I see myself doing in the future.” In reference to the conversation of colleges looking at him for both sports, Bell added, “It’s a blessing, to see colleges are looking at me for both basketball and football; it’s special.”
Most recently, Bell won a state championship in basketball, going a perfect 32-0. He hit a game-winning buzzer beater over New Albany high school along the road to state. That sentence may ring a couple bells for Hoosier fans as Romeo Langford, Indiana commit and future NBA lottery pick, played basketball for New Albany high school. He nearly won state his senior season until, of course, somebody happened to end that dream with a shot at the buzzer.
Now, the two of them could be walking on the same campus come next fall.
Bell’s visit to Indiana
David took an unofficial visit to Indiana on April 14. It was the same weekend of the football teams spring game, which Bell was in attendance for. Peegs.com asked him about it, with Bell saying, “It was pretty good. It was indoors but the energy was still there. I had a good time. They showed me around campus which was also good too.”
Stu Jackson of Rivals.com reported that Indiana has Bell not only in their top five but ranked as their top priority in recruiting. Bell told Rivals, ” They told me I’m the No. 1 player on their board that they want to get.”
Because he’s reportedly their top pick, Indiana has been doing their best to build a relationship with Bell. In reference to this relationship, Bell told Peegs.com, “We talk almost every day. I just got off the phone with Coach Allen a few hours ago. So yeah, that was pretty good. We communicate almost every day. Me, the head coach, offensive coordinator [and] receiving coach.”
It appears that not only is the Coach Allen and his staff doing what they can to recruit Bell, but past receivers performances have helped the Hoosiers’ case as well. Bell told Peegs.com, “I saw the year Simmie Cobbs had. Hopefully, this year they could have another receiver do something similar or better, and if I decide to go there, hopefully, I can do better than both.”
Well David Bell, me too.