Maurice Bell recently took a few minutes to talk about how life has changed since a June 27 commitment to CU and plans for the near future. There are hints of swagger in Bell’s voice, a trait you like to see in wide receivers.
“It’s been exciting. I’m so excited to be a Buff and everything, it’s just so much relief coming off my shoulders from the recruiting process,” the 6-foot, 170-pound Bell told BuffStampede.com about his verbal.
“[CU’s coaches] were really excited when I told them I was committing and stuff. We’ve just been keeping in contact, talking about the season.”
Bell gave his formal commitment to the head Buffalo, with a pair of CU recruiters earning the chance fill their largest mugs after closing on the three-star. Coffee for receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini and defensive graduate assistant coach Corey Edsall.
“Yes, I did tell [head coach Mike MacIntyre] about my commitment. He was saying he’s really excited but also saying he’s glad I’m going to be a part of the family. He’s excited to coach me,” Bell said.
“Coach Chev and Edsall, those are mostly the main recruiters for me. They’ve always been recruiting me since they offered. They’ve been on my tail and stuff. I have a good relationship with both of them,” Bell continued, adding Chiaverini had not previously pursued Bell during the coach’s stint at Texas Tech.
We all know recruiting can change in an instant, but Bell speaks as if he’s truly putting the brakes on the process. Buffs fans can take solace in this tidbit on the road to February.
“I had really kind of shut my recruiting process down after I acknowledged to the Buffs,” Bell admitted, adding Iowa and Washington State made the finalists group.
“Those schools have great coaches also, but Colorado is just the best fit for me. I feel comfortable.”
For members of Colorado’s 2017 recruiting class, group text is all the rage. Bell joined in on the fun and he’s getting to know a player who has stepped up early and often in the social media recruiting game.
“I’ve been conversating with Tyler Lytle a lot and then Jaylon Jackson, Laviska [Shenault Jr.] and all them. … We’ve been having conversations about anything, building the bond. …We’re all trying to create a bond together,” Bell said.
With two four-stars and a three-star receiver committed to #CUin17, the Buffs’ class certainly isn’t lacking on wide outs. Bell said CU plans to play him in the slot and on the outside, switching back and forth. He’s looking forward to battling alongside quality receivers in practice.
“I’m excited actually,” Bell said when asked how he feels about the stacked inbound WR group. “It’s going to be great, the class is great, and the competition is going to be great. I’m hoping we can come in there and turn the program around.”
The overall atmosphere of Boulder was a key selling point in Bell’s commitment. The three-star hopes to return to 5,440 feet for a couple of games this fall before finally settling in next summer.
“I want to make an official trip, I haven’t made any plans on that yet. I want to make it to a couple games up there,” Bell said.
“I want to make a big impact. That’s one goal I have, make an impact on the program and be a big-time player,” he continued.