Skyler Bell planned a spring commitment before postponing in hopes of finding more clarity. The Connecticut receiver has found it.
Friday, Bell released a list of his Top 5 schools – Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and West Virginia. Tuesday, he announced he would committing on Sunday.
“All of these five schools showed me that they want me the most. They all have big plans for me in the future with each being slightly different but all moving in the right direction,” Bell told HN.
The Hawkeyes have been among his favorite programs since offering him a scholarship last year. He played at Watertown (CT) The Taft School with current Iowa receiver Diante Vines, a member of the 2020 recruiting class.
“My relationship with the Iowa staff has gotten way better over the past few months. I’ve been talking with them nonstop. The relationship has gotten really strong,” Bell said.
Rivals and 247 rank Bell (6-1, 185) as a three-start prospect. The latter sees him as the No. 118 receiver nationally in the ’21 cycle and the No. 5 player in Connecticut.
As a junior, Bell caught 36 passes for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 316 kick return yards and two scores. He picked off two passes as a defensive back.
A speedy pass catcher, Bell has studied the Hawkeyes’ offense and likes what he’s seen. He reports a 44-inch vertical leap and 4.48-second 40-yard dash.
“Iowa would be a good fit for me because they think I could be a playmaker there. They think I’ll have the ability to be a game-changer and help them make it to the Big Ten championship and hopefully win the Big Ten championship,” he said.
Vines arrived in Iowa City during June. He’s been training with the program, which found out Tuesday it would not be having a fall season.
Bell looks up to Vines and appreciates their friendship.
“He has helped me a lot. I talk to him pretty frequently about the program and being a new freshman there, learning the plays and everything that goes on there. So, he’s definitely been help to me,” Bell said.
For Bell and other members of the ’21 class, the recruiting process has been unusual, to say the least. A dead period that began with the COVID-19 pandemic in March and continues through at least the end of the month has prohibited on campus visits and face-to-face meetings with college coaches.
Bell has made the most of the trying times, getting to know coaches through virtual visits and other electronic communication.
“It’s definitely been tough but I just talk with my family and make sure that we do research to make sure that we are making the right decision for my next four years,” he said.
Here’s a look at Bell’s junior highlights: