Bell Plays Big at Warren Central

Everywhere I go lately to watch clinics, camps and combines, I run into an enthusiastic and infectious young man named Shakir Bell. He has great passion for the game of football and the fact he starts and plays for perennial power Warren Central attests to his toughness and tenacity. Bell is 5' 7" and weighs 175 lbs. He plays like lit dynamite...

You never know when he is going to explode for a long touchdown.

Size is not a factor because he plays like he's 5' 10" and 190 lbs., which is why he won the Warren Central Ironman contest. Most college recruiters know when looking at a running back, it's the ability to run, cut and power into the end zone they're looking for. Shakir has that ability because of his tremendous strength. But he's not just a runner. He runs back kicks with ferociousness and when the opening is there, he jets into daylight. Shakir run's into a wedge and darts through the opening into the clear. Several times in game film, he just powers through the wedge and shifts into overdrive and finds the end zone.

One more thing - he can catch the ball. When Warren Central threw the bubble screen, which were nothing more than long handoffs, and Bell rang up a touchdown for the Warriors. Not only does he play bigger than what he is, anytime he touches the ball he is capable of making a big play running, on special teams, or catching the ball in the spread offense. He has been making the rounds on the combine circuit and consistently has put up quick athletic times in the 40 anywhere from 4.68 to 4.72 electronically and laser timed.

Bell is poised to be Warren Central's main back in 2009. Warren Central, known for its backs, has produced some excellent players at that position. Most notably is Darren Evans, now at Virginia Tech, and George Cheeseborough was the featured back last season. "The MIC gets me ready to play D1 football. The competition I face every Friday night is the best there is in Indiana," Bell explained. "Central Michigan has expressed the most interest in me and I hope to receive an offer from them soon," Bell exclaimed. "I know I can play at that level."

Shakir said he not only has a definite interest in Central Michigan, but he loves the feel of Indiana and playing in his home state would be "awesome." He went on to mention Ball State, Cincinnati and Louisville as a possible top five. "Right now I am staying in the weight room. I'm running a lot more and I just want to help get our team ready (Warren Central) for this coming season," he told Indiana Varsity Scout. He will be going to several 1 day summer camps at the schools mentioned above. Shakir Bell has a tremendous upside in his work ethic and desires to play at the next level.


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