May 25, 2009

Fairview back gets CSU offer

Kenny Bell recently concluded a successful track season in which he finished third in the state in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump.

The 6-foot-2, 173-pound athlete from Boulder (Colo.) Fairview is now shifting focus back to football. He plans to attend camps at Stanford and UCLA this summer.

"Hopefully I can go to those camps, impress them and get an offer," Bell said. "I am also going to the NIKE Training Camp in Oregon."

Three programs have already offered Bell a scholarship. Minnesota offered in March, Idaho offered in April and last week an in-state program stepped up to the plate.

"I got my third offer from CSU. It was a pretty big surprise, I am really excited about it," Bell said. "Coach Daren Wilkinson, their quarterbacks coach, came by my school. And I have also talked to their cornerbacks coach (Tim Duffie).

"CSU is close to home but I don't know much about them. So I am going to head up there next weekend for an unofficial visit. That will give me a chance to get to know them."

Colorado, Arizona State, Cal and Air Force have also been by Fairview to further evaluate Bell during the spring evaluation period.

Defensive backs coach Greg Brown stopped by from the Buffaloes' staff. Bell attended CU's Junior Day event back in January.

"I haven't received very much interest from CU," Bell said. "Obviously one of their coaches came by to see me but he didn't seem too interested so I am more focused on CSU right now."

Bell is not in a hurry to decide. But he did not rule out the possibility of an early commitment.

"If I feel I have found the right school for me, and my parents agree that I have found the right school, then I might commit," Bell said. "Otherwise I'll go through the entire recruiting process."

One of Bell's best friends is Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek quarterback Kain Colter, who committed to Stanford in early April.

"I would love to play college football with Kain," Bell expressed. "Stanford wanted me to get my grades up this spring and I have been doing that. I am going out to their camp this summer so we'll see where it goes from there."

A first-team all-league selection in 2008, Bell averaged more than eight yards per rushing attempt. He spent time playing tailback, wide receiver, slot receiver, kick returner, quarterback and defensive back.

"Obviously I'll play wherever they can use me when I get to college," Bell said. "I love returning kicks and playing slot receiver, so I guess if I could compete at those spots, it would be ideal."

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