Former Bobcat football player Darius Bell is on the verge of signing with a Pac-10 team. When I use the term “former” I mean a guy who dresses out in the Blue and Gold practice uniform but never made it on the field.
A little history first.
Darius Bell was a late quarterback signee for the Bobcat football team in 2008. He was a kid who was highly decorated quarterback from the San Francisco area from California, but most of the D-1A schools recruiting him at the time wanted him to change position. As a result he decided to sign with Montana State who were strictly recruiting him as a quarterback.
Bell showed on campus that summer and was quite impressive for a true freshman, but was still listed as the third string QB behind some upper classmen transfer. In September it was announced that he decided to transfer immediately back home to a local junior college. At the time the scuttle-but was that Bell was not happy being the third string QB and possible redshirt candidate and decided to return home. The story I am hearing now is that Bell was actually not cleared by the NCAA clearing house and was ruled ineligible to play D-1 football. based on what I am hearing I tend to believe the later story as the major contributor, but I also believe there was a little to the first story as well.
Bell went on to play for San Francisco Community College where threw for 1,905 yards, 21 touchdowns and only five interceptions, while running for 870 yards and 12 touchdowns. Eligibility wise I believe Bell sat out his first year at SFCC as a grey/red shirt so he only just finished up his freshman year of eligibility. This has made Bell one of the hotter JC quarterback prospects on the west coast with quite a few D-1 FCS schools showing a great deal of interest.
Recently Bell has committed to UCLA but there is a catch. It is not clear as of right now whether Bell will get his associates degree from SFCC in time to join the UCLA team. According to Scout.com Bell is currently taking 21 credits he needs to graduate. If does pass these classes with the needed scores he will graduate from SFCC, get his associates degree and sign with UCLA. If not he will most likely return to SFCC next season and start the recruiting process all over for 2011.
Good luck Darius, I wish you all the best.