Liberty HS (Youngstown, Ohio)
NR: *** - Position Rank: 46
His Recruiting Story
Isaiah Bell had one of the quieter recruiting stories than most of the 2009 wild ride. He was offered by a number of different FBS schools, and quietly ended his recruitment on March 31st, becoming the Wolverines fourth verbal commitment at the time.
"Coach Rodriguez and Coach Gibson and the defensive coordinator (Coach Shafer) were the big reasons for my decision," Bell told GoBlueWolverine that afternoon. "They say more than likely I'll be a safety."
Never wavering much through his commitment at all, Bell had made several unofficial visits to his future university, as well as taking in his official visit the first weekend in December. A memorable visit it was, as the Michigan's men's basketball team took down Duke and Bell finally learned his final position on the field for 2009.
"That was the biggest upset around," Bell said laughing about Michigan's win over Duke. "That just shows that everybody has got a chance."
"They said I'll play strong safety or linebacker," he recalled. "They said they want me close to the ball… and I want to be by the ball. They told me everybody will have a fair chance to play. It all depends on what we do when we come up."
Not much had been known about Bell throughout the entire year. With the way he handled his recruitment, in terms of never wavering and needing media attention, not many people got a chance to learn as much about Bell as they usually would. That being said, he did enough on the field to merit an invitation to the UnderArmour All-Star game in Florida with fellow Wolverines Craig Roh, Quinton Washington and Taylor Lewan. Bell went on to impress many people at the game, and is a hybrid safety/linebacker type.
And ... U-M Recruiting Coordinator Chris Singletary said about Bell: "He has just about the biggest wingspan you've ever seen ... he's kind of a freak of nature in that way."
Bell may be physically ready to go in terms of size, but may need to add more speed in order to see the field early as a DB ... as LB however, with an already young linebacking corps, the chances Bell sees early action are probably quite high.
S-Day Capsule: Isaiah Bell
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