GoBlueWolverine.com has reported that Youngstown Liberty safety Isaiah Bell issued a verbal commitment to Michigan Monday evening.
Bell selected the Wolverines over Pittsburgh, Bowiling Green and Cincinnati.
In his junior campaign, Bell registered 36 tackles and four intereceptions.
He is rated as one of the top players in the Class of 2009 by Ohio High magazine Recruiting Editor Duane Long.
Bell becomes the second player in the last week from the Buckeye State to commit to Michigan following Massillon Washington ATH Justin Turner's commitment Friday.
Turner is rated as the No. 7 top senior in the upcoming issue of Ohio High.
Michigan currently has four verbal commitments with first-year head coach Rich Rodriguez in place.
The following is Long's scouting report as it will appear in the May 2008 issue of Ohio High, which is due out in the coming weeks:
29. **** Isaiah Bell (6-2, 215, S; Youngstown Liberty)
Simply put, Isaiah Bell is the best safety nobody is talking about.
He has the instincts of a linebacker against the run and is a very good sized safety. The 6-2, 215 pounds seems a bit on the small side. He looks to be a bigger kid but Liberty head coach Jeff Whitaker reports accurate heights and weights.
Bell has the wingspan of a lineman. In fact, I would not be surprised if he ends up growing into a linebacker. He has a nice frame and I have noticed these long limbed kids tend to fill out a good bit. He is big enough to take on blockers and still make plays but he is fast enough to make plays in the open field. Once he finds the ball, he closes like nobody’s business.
But Bell has such tremendous ball skills that he could just as easily be a free safety. He has the best ball skills I have seen from a projected safety in this class.
He returned two interceptions for scores last year, including one for 102 yards, and one punt. He has more return yards off of interceptions, punts and kickoff returns than any player in this top 100.