2018 Season Countdown: #95 Ronnie Bell

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2Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #95 Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell (image via 810 Varsity)

Name: Ronnie Bell
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 174 lbs.
High school: Kansas City (MO) Park Hill
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Bell was a senior in high school (LINK). He caught 89 passes for 1,605 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Bell was a very divisive signee back in February. He planned to play college basketball at Missouri State, and he had even signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bears (you didn’t know Missouri State’s mascot, did you?). Then Michigan swooped in with an offer to play football, and that changed everything. The small-college basketball player was suddenly a big-time football recruit, and it’s not hard to see why based on his eye-popping numbers (89 receptions, 1605 yards, 21 TD; 15 carries, 163 yards, 1 TD).

Now Bell joins a roster that is loaded at wide receiver, at least according to the recruiting sites. Michigan brought in four freshmen in the 2017 class, and they have some leftover star power, too (Eddie McDoom, Kekoa Crawaford, etc.). That doesn’t even include Grant Perry, who is a multi-year starter in the slot. Playing time in 2018 is an uphill battle, and I think Bell will redshirt while looking to add size and strength.

Prediction: Redshirt

Hit the jump for some of Bell’s basketball highlights.

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19Jan 2018
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Visitors: January 19-21, 2018

Mission Viejo (CA) Mission Viejo CB Olaijah Griffin (image via SoCal Prep Legends)

TRANSFERS

Casey Hughes – CB/S – Utah: Hughes is a 6’0″, 185 lb. cornerback/safety who is a grad transfer from Utah, so he will be eligible to play immediately. He made 35 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass breakup, and 2 forced fumbles as a starting cornerback in 2017.

2018

Ronnie Bell – WR – Kansas City (MO) Park Hill: Bell is committed to Michigan (LINK). This is his official visit.

Vincent Gray – CB – Rochester (MI) Adams: Gray is a 6’2″, 180 lb. prospect who was committed to Missouri from July 2017 until recently. He’s a 3-star, the #60 cornerback, and #681 overall. He also has offers from Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan,  West Virginia, some lower-level Power Five programs, and some MAC schools. This is his official visit.

Olaijah Griffin – CB – Mission Viejo (CA) Mission Viejo: Griffin is a 6’0″, 170 lb. cornerback who was committed to UCLA until recently. He’s a 4-star, the #4 cornerback, and #31 overall, and he’s an Under Armour All-American. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and USC, among others. He took a visit to Tennessee and named them his leader after the visit, so that’s who Michigan is chasing right now. He’s a teammate of offensive tackle Jarrett Patterson, whom Michigan is also recruiting. Griffin said he would visit either Auburn or Michigan this weekend, and he will visit the other team next weekend. UPDATE: Griffin is playing in the Polynesian Bowl this weekend and will presumably not take the official visit until next weekend. His official to Auburn is scheduled for the first weekend in February.

Ryan Hayes – TE/OT – Traverse City (MI) West: Hayes signed with Michigan in December (LINK). This is his official visit.

Jake Moody – K – Northville (MI) Northville: Moody is a 6’1″, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Air Force, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, and UMass, among others; he also has a grayshirt offer from Michigan.

Otis Reese – LB – Leesburg (GA) Lee County: Reese is committed to Michigan (LINK) but did not sign during the early signing period. This is his official visit.

Tyquavious Terrell – WR – Leesburg (GA) Lee County: Terrell is a 6’0″, 190 lb. prospect with offers from Ball State, Central Michigan, Georgia Southern, Marshall, and UMass. He’s a 247 Sports 2-star, the #314 wide receiver, and #2129 overall. Terrell is a classmate of Otis Reese (see above). He claims a 4.39 forty and has very good football speed. I’m surprised he doesn’t have some bigger offers.

2020

Bryan Bresee – DE – Damascus (MD) Damascus: Bresee is a 6’4″, 260 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #1 strongside end, and #1 overall player in the country for the 2020 class.

20Dec 2017
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Who’s signing a National Letter of Intent today?

Joe Milton (image via 247 Sports)

For a quick reference, here’s a list of players who are signing their National Letter of Intent on the early signing day, which is December 20. This is the first year for an early signing period for college football players, so it will be interesting to see how many players around the country sign now, and how many of them carry it out until the beginning of February or longer.

SIGNING ON DECEMBER 20, 2017

  • QB Joe Milton – SIGNED
  • RB Hassan Haskins – SIGNED
  • RB Christian Turner – SIGNED
  • FB Ben VanSumeren – SIGNED
  • TE Mustapha Muhammad – SIGNED
  • TE Luke Schoonmaker – SIGNED
  • OT Ryan Hayes – SIGNED
  • OT Jalen Mayfield – SIGNED
  • DE Aidan Hutchinson – SIGNED
  • DE Taylor Upshaw – SIGNED
  • DE Julius Welschof – SIGNED
  • LB Cameron McGrone – SIGNED
  • DB Sammy Faustin – SIGNED
  • DB Gemon Green – SIGNED
  • DB German Green – SIGNED
  • DB Myles Sims – SIGNED

NOT SIGNING YET

  • QB Kevin Doyle
  • WR Ronnie Bell
  • LB Otis Reese
18Dec 2017
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Ronnie Bell, Wolverine

Who put that hoop on the football field? (image via Platte County Citizen)

Kansas City (MO) Park Hill wide receiver Ronnie Bell committed to Michigan on Monday evening. He chose the Wolverines over . . . a basketball career at Missouri State.

Bell stands 6’1″ and 170 lbs. As a senior in 2017, he caught 89 passes for 1,605 yards and 21 touchdowns.

RANKINGS
ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 3-star PG
247 Sports: 3-star, 85 grade, #159 WR, #1056 overall

Hit the jump for more on the commitment.

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