November 22, 2010
Bell looking for CMU offer
Inkster (MI) has a strong reputation of producing division one football players and this year is no different. After snagging wide receivers Jonathan Taylor and Deon Butler in the 2010 class and linebacker Armond Staten in 2008 from the talent laden school, the Chippewa's are back evaluating explosive athlete Da'Shawn Bell. Bell is being recruited primarily as a running back by most schools, including Central Michigan, although he has potential as a slot receiver and return mane. He stands 5-foot-9 and ½ and175 pounds, and runs a blistering 4.4 forty yard dash.
"I am very explosive when I get into the open field," added Bell. "I'm very physical and I do not go down on first contact. I'm also improving as a receiver and can catch the ball out of the backfield".
After Inkster finished the season with a disappointing 2-6 record, Bell shifted his focus from the team to the recruiting front. Despite not collecting any offers thus far in the recruiting process, his vocal leadership and play-making ability have allowed him to garner serious interest from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Purdue. Throughout the process, three schools have separated themselves from the rest of the pack.
"My top three schools are: Cincinnati, Michigan, and Central Michigan in that order", Bell said emphatically.
Bell is aware of the Central Michigan coaching staff and is impressed with the growth and success of the Chippewas football program over the past six years.
"I like Central Michigan," added Bell. "Central has three players that played at Inkster now, and it is all good. I'm real good friends with both Deon Butler and Jonathan Taylor, and Armond Staten is an older guy who has kind of been my role model. I also love the coaching staff, family atmosphere, and like Coach (Dan) Enos".
Bell is taking the process in-stride and while he has not finalized the dates for possible official visits he knows two schools that will receive stops in December.
"I'm going to Central Michigan first, and it will be on December 3rd. Then I want to visit Cincinnati sometime after the CMU visit, probably later in the month".
As for a decision, Chippewa fans can expect Bell to designate a commitment to his school of choice sometime in December after his official visits. He plans to enroll over the summer.
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