Rayville, La WR Kenny Bell turned in a strong campaign on the gridiron last year, but as youngster with a big play reputation due to his “speed and ability to make plays after the catch,” it’s not surprising that he hoped for a little bit more.
“My season went good last year,” Bell said of his team leading 58 reception, 989 yard, 12 TD performance. “But it wasn’t what I expected. It was still pretty good though.”
Bell’s list of scholarship offers suggests that his performance more than satisfied the expectations of college football’s elite. The University of Michigan is among those impressed and they let Bell know just how much in recent weeks.
“They just offered me like a month ago,” Bell recalled. “It came as a surprise. First they came to my school. Then they (later) told me about the film that they got and how much they liked it. Then they offered me. They said they see me as a playmaker. They said they would try to find a lot of different ways to get the ball.”
The interest from the Maize & Blue was an exciting turn of events for the talented pass-catcher. As it turns out, Michigan is a program he has been following for quite some time.
“When I was young, I liked Michigan a lot,” Bell admitted. “Michigan and the Miami Hurricanes. I liked Braylon Edwards. He wore #1.”
With offers already in tow from both of his childhood favorites, and in-state powerhouse LSU, one might assume those programs are head shoulders above the other on his list. Not so according to Bell.
“I’ve got an offer from just about everybody in the country, but every school is right there with each other. I don’t have a leader and I don’t have any favorites.”
The weeding out process to determine that leaderboard will commence this month with visits to multiple campuses.
“I’ve already been to LSU, Alabama, and Mississippi State, but hopefully I can get to Michigan sometime this summer,” he said. “I’m going to as many camps as I can. LSU to Alabama to Michigan, to Nebraska, and all that.”
Once he has hit every destination on his itinerary, a decision won’t be far behind.
“It going to be sometime in August,” Bell said regarding when he’ll make his choice. It will come down to will I get a good education, do I see myself feeling at home, and I have to be some place they’re throwing the ball.”
“Distance won’t be a factor at all,” he added. “My mother said it’s my decision and she will be happy with whatever decision I make. “