Liberty's Bell: Versatile and Growing

This noon S/LB/Ath Isaiah Bell from Youngstown Liberty became Michigan's fourth commitment for the 2009 recruiting season. According to the Liberty Head Coach Jeff Whitaker, Bell is a player that could play multiple positions at the next level.

"Isaiah played free safety for us last year," Liberty head coach Jeff Whittaker said to GBW regarding Isaiah Bell. "He is an extremely good athlete, so he can play several positions like slot, safety and possible linebacker."

At Liberty they say Bell has grown to 6-3, 200 pounds, and runs a 4.52 second 40 ... and that he wears a size 14 shoe and has a huge wingspan. In other words, Bell is still growing! "He is very young still," Coach Whitaker said, "especially when you think that these kids still have roughly a year and a half before they start playing at the college level."

"Isaiah is extremely talented and his versatility is beneficial, because he can play several positions at the next level. He will be used this year (by Liberty) on offense as well as defense. Last year we did not throw the ball much because of our quarterback and the skill players our team had, so this season he will be a two-way player for us. He also did punt returns and kickoff returns for us, and will again this year. That is also where I think he will be a factor at the next level."

As a junior Bell recorded 49 tackles and 4 interceptions (one for a 100 yard TD). He also returned two punts for TD's.

Coach Whittaker was at spring practice at Michigan recently with several of his players (Bell, plus slot-Ath Fitzgerald Toussaint who also got a U-M offer, and LB Julius Ferrell), and the Liberty headman was very impressed with the new-Michigan's system. "It is going to be a big adjustment going from what (former) Michigan ran and their workouts, to Coach Rod's system."

Whitaker added, "I am familiar with Coach Rod and his system and how he does his clinics and practices, so I am very comfortable with his coaching."

GBW asked Coach Whitaker if it seems new-Michigan will recruit Ohio harder than the former regime, and he said: "Well, I have to stick up for the old coaches a little bit ... because it is hard for an outside program to come in and compete with Ohio State. Coach Tress is going to take care of his home state and doesn't let many of the good players go elsewhere ... so it will be tough for Michigan."

"But," he added, "kids are showing interest, and Coach Rod will do good things at Michigan."

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