Renard Bell was originally recruited as an "athlete," but he sent in his letter of intent to the WSU Cougars today with the intent of becoming a wide receiver in WSU's pass happy offense. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound receiver is loaded with speed and explosiveness and is ready to unload what he has on Saturdays.
Out of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Bell was one of the first commits to this class. He has the ability to explode upfield and make defenders miss, using his speed to create separation. He was also used on kick and punt returns and has the ability to break anything free in the open field.
Bell is listed as the No. 18 receiver in California by Scout and according to MaxPreps he had 945 receiving yards on 54 receptions and found the endzone 12 times in his senior year. He will be joining a receiving corps that is very talented and will get to opportunity to learn from and watch his most close comparison, Robert Lewis. Bell played outside in high school, but it's tough to see him playing out there at his size.
With offers from Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, and SDSU, Bell has been committed since May of 2015 and is one of the longest standing verbal commits the Cougars have.
Uncanny top end speed. Was devastating in their screen game, where he's overly slippery as a ball carrier. Also showcased an ability to make the acrobatic catch. An absolutely dynamic athlete. Primarily a vertical guy, with the speed out and comeback mixed in when defenders bailed. Projects well at H with the potential to be extremely dangerous with some familiarity in the offense.
ESPN - ★★★
Rivals - ★★★
Scout - ★★★
247 Sports - ★★★
Measurables (via 247 Sports)
Position - Wide Receiver
Hometown - Los Angeles
Height - 5-foot-10
Weight - 165 pounds