A student-athlete who was a very late bloomer athletically and flew under the radar, Quinton Bell is suddenly a hot Division I football recruiting prospect for January 2015.
Already academically certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center, Bell is a 2014 grad from Costa Mesa in Orange County who proves that many athletes haven’t come close to peaking when they are in high school and that some can create waves long after the national letter of intent signing day in February.
At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and with a 40-yard dash timed at 4.35 on field turf in cleats, whichever school lands him has found a hidden gem who didn’t get a lot of recruiting attention due to only playing football for two years and being injured for half of his senior season of high school.
Bell plans on transferring to a D1 school in January 2015 and to be on the field for spring football practice and possibly the indoor and outdoor track and field season.
Why is Quinton’s stock so high and you are just hearing a lot about him you may ask? The answer comes from our Cal-Hi Sports featured speed coach, Christopher Asher of Gold Medal Excellence All-Sports Training. Here is what Chris had to say about Bell:
“Quinton’s father (Aaron Bell) contacted me about working with his son a couple of months back to work with him on improving his 40-yard dash time, along with his explosiveness and footwork in order to hopefully transfer to a D1 football program in January 2015.
“When I first worked with him, his athleticism, size and speed flew off the radar. What I noticed immediately was a rawness of athleticism that needed to be crafted. He was big and fast but needed to learn how to use his athleticism, size and speed.
“While being fast, he wasn’t necessarily quick, his first 40-yard dash that I timed him in was 4.6 seconds. We hatched up a plan to work on training with me for the speed and athleticism stuff and then I would connect him with my football contacts who train twice a week in the Los Angeles area on skill position fieldwork.
“This part proved to be priceless as for the football training he was thrown onto the field with experienced players who have played or been in camps at the NFL, CFL, Arena League, NCAA D1, NCAA D2 levels, etc. including likely NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Owens and others. It was here that he was really coached up in the football department and he really started to step up his football game.
“After a couple of months of this training, we decided to make a professional video with a video crew coming out to film his measureables, route running, 40-yard dash testing along with other stuff and then get it out to the colleges who had previously shown no interest and to others who didn’t know who he was as of yet.”
According to Asher and seen on the video, Bell really is that big and really does run a 4.35. Track fans in California may know him from finishing third in last June’s CIF state track meet in the 100 meters. He clocked 10.51 in that race.
To check out Quinton Bell’s video, CLICK HERE.
Bell has had feedback from Oregon State, Syracuse, Washington State and a lot of interest coming after the highlight film has been seen by coaching staffs.
Editor’s Note: Christopher Asher is the speed coach we have partnered with at Cal-Hi Sports. He is the owner of Gold Medal Excellence All-Sports Training and is based in the Hollywood/West L.A. area. You can connect with him by email at Chris.Asher@goldmedalexcellence.com, follow him on Twitter @GMEChrisAsher and Instagram at @goldmedalexcellence_chrisasher.
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