Name: Kendrick Bell
Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Kansas City (MO) Park Hill
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Bell was a senior in high school (LINK). He completed 224/339 passes (72%) for 35 touchdowns and ran for 670 yards and 10 touchdowns.
TTB Rating: 74
Bell, who is the younger brother of outgoing receiver Ronnie Bell, has put up some gaudy numbers at Park Hill the past couple seasons. An athletic quarterback who can create on the move, he threw for a whopping 35 scores and ran for 10 more, accounting for 45 total touchdowns. For a team that played 11 games, that’s more than 4 touchdowns per game for which he was responsible. A lot of people were surprised when he was offered by Michigan, though, because he was an under-the-radar recruit – just like his brother, who is likely to get drafted.
I’m not sure where the younger Bell fits in Michigan’s roster. Listed and announced as a quarterback by Jim Harbaugh, that’s probably going to be the first place he gets a shot. Will he stick around there for his entire career? Michigan has J.J. McCarthy for 2023 and possibly 2024, and 5-star quarterback Jadyn Davis arrives in 2024. Eventually, I think Bell is going to have to play safety or receiver. In the meantime, he’s very thin at 180 pounds and has several guys ahead of him, including McCarthy, Jack Tuttle, Davis Warren, and a running option in Alex Orji. I’m expecting Bell to redshirt this season, and perhaps he will be a guy whose position gets re-evaluated on a yearly basis.
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