Iowa Football Remains Well Positioned for Connecticut WR Skyler Bell

May 26, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

Skyler Bell planned on verbally committing to a college on May 20. He announced publicly that he would be making that decision.

Then, he changed his mind. A week before his set date, he alerted people he needed more time.

“It was a family decision,” the Watertown (CT) Taft School receiver told HN. “My family just wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision. They said that they were on board with what I was thinking but just wanted to make sure.”

In hindsight, Bell believes postponing the announcement makes sense.

“I do think it was the right move, although kids in my class are committing very early. We have the highest number of committed players at this time by three times or something like that. I think it’s better to take more time than less,” he said.

Some Iowa fans were disappointed when Bell (6-1, 185) delayed his announcement. The Hawkeyes were thought to be among his favorites.

They’ve remained there.

“Iowa is still in the mix, for sure; at the top of the mix, if anything. I talk with coach (Ken) O’Keefe, coach (Kirk) Ferentz and coach (Kelton) Copeland. They just let me know that they want me at Iowa and that I could be a player there,” Bell said.

In early April, he released his Top 6 schools. Georgia Tech, Iowa, Northwestern, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest made the cut.

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Then after he announced later in April that he would be verbally committing on May 20, Wisconsin and West Virginia offered him scholarships. That gave him more to think about.

“I talk to West Virginia, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Virginia Tech a lot,” he said.

Notre Dame, UCLA and Syracuse are showing him interest but have not yet offered.

“I don’t have a (decision) timetable right now. It’s pretty much just whenever the time is right. I’ll know it’s time when my family and I sit down and I’m 100 percent sure on a school and they say the time is right to pull the trigger,” Bell said.

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The recruiting dead period created by concerns about COVID-19 that started in mid March and runs through the end of June has impacted prospects across the country. Bell was scheduled to unofficially visit Iowa on April 18 and then come back to campus officially in June.

He visited Georgia Tech and Rutgers in early March before the quarantine took hold. He felt like more campus stops in the future would help him make a decision.

“Hopefully, I can take visits. I’m really hoping I can so that I can see the schools that are recruiting me,” he said.

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. He played with Diante Vines, a Class of 2020 Iowa signee.

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“Diante is my brother. We are very close. He is keeping Iowa in the back of my mind. He lets me know about it every once in a while. We live on the same floor, so I see him all the time. He never lets me forget about the Hawkeyes,” Bell told HN back in March.

Bell reports a 44-inch vertical leap and 4.48-second 40-yard dash. He sees the Hawkeye scheme as a good fit for his talents.

Rivals and 247 view Bell as a three-star prospect and one of the top players in Connecticut for ’21.

Here’s a look at his junior highlights:


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