Speedy Corner Emerging At Independence

It's no mystery that Independence CC sophomore Allen Bell (6-2, 195) is quick enough and more than big enough to play corner. Now he's out to prove to the D-1 world that he can be a real shutdown guy in the backfield.

"I can run with anyone in the country," Bell said.  "I just need to show them that I can be the lockdown corner that everyone wants."

Bell was quick enough to earn a track scholarship to Independence, turning in a 10.5 second time in the 100-meter dash as well as a 4.39-40 time as a senior at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Fla.

"Allen's one of the most humble kids I've ever met and has a great work ethic. He's a 10.52 100-meter kid. He broke our school's 60-meter indoor record and was close to breaking the record for the 100 too," said Independence head coach David Ward. "We just sent film out and think interest in Bell will really pick up soon," Ward added.

Another Florida native, Antonio Cromartie, is a Bell favorite and one to whom he compares himself.

Unfortunately for Bell, his high school grades made it difficult to go directly to D-1. And while he considered going to a NAIA school, he eventually went where he could do both track and football.

Plus, Bell has improved his grades considerably since arriving at Independence; he now holds down a 3.0 GPA.

Bell has the sort of confidence that the best corners need. On the field, Bell loves going up against the opposition's best receiver and trying to figure out what they will do.

"It's a challenge, you don't know what he's going to do, but you have to stop him," Bell said. So far he's been getting a real workout going against a couple of quality WRs in Indy practices.

Bell is looking at several schools at the next level:  East Carolina (recruiting hard), Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Florida, and Louisville (strong interest) are all on his list.  Since he redshirted last year, he will be able to give whatever school he chooses 3 years instead of two though.

Being a redshirt freshman, Bell did not get the chance to rack up stats for the team last season.  "But if you go by practices, I had about 100 picks," he said with a laugh.


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