Michael Bell (U-M Nike stats: 5-11, 176 lbs., 4.43 in the 40, 9 bench press reps., 32.4 inch vertical, 4.29 sec. Shuttle, 2.9 GPA/19 ACT) claims offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Nebraska, as well as all the MAC Conference schools.
What are your top schools?
"Right now I would say Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, and Notre Dame."
Do you have a favorite?
"Michigan is my top school."
Do you have an offer from U-M?
"No, one of the Michigan coaches came down to see me at my school in May, then I talked to Coach (Lloyd) Carr several times and he told me they want to see the tape from my first couple games, then they'll decide if they want to offer."
If Michigan offered would you commit?
"Yes, I'd commit right there. I really like Notre Dame too but I think I'd wait a little while if they offered. I wouldn't wait forever, but if Michigan offers I'll commit to them on the spot."
What are some of the differences between the schools?
"Both schools are good academically and have great football programs. Notre Dame has a small student body compared to Michigan and doesn't seem to have much of a social life. I wasn't too impressed with South Bend, there wasn't a lot to do. I haven't been around Ann Arbor but I hear it's a really fun town."
You dropped Ohio State from your list and added Michigan State; tell us about them.
"Michigan State has a new coaching staff and I really like the new head coach (John Smith). I'm interested in Michigan State. As far as Ohio State, I don't really like them. I went up there and all they talked about was NFL this, and NFL that, they never talked about graduating their athletes."
What are your plans for summer?
"We just got back from summer camp on Friday. I'm going to the Open House at Michigan on the 26th of July and that's it. We start two-a-days the week after next."
Bell had 31 catches for 432 yards and 6 touchdown's as a junior. On defense he played strong safety and had 28 tackles and no interceptions. Shaker Heights Coach David Sedmak told GBW back in April that he thought Bell would do better as a receiver. As for Bell, he's not certain on which side of the ball he wants to play.
"It changes from day to day. Sometimes I want to play receiver and some days I want to play DB. I guess I'll play wherever they think I'll do best."
When will you make a decision?
"I want to make it before the end of my season, so it will probably be sometime after the first three games."
Shaker Heights, OH WR/DB Michael Bell
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