Robert Bell is a Rocket

Rocket Digest Publisher
Posted Jan 26, 2009


After receiving a pair of decommitments from a pair of prospects earlier this week, Toledo coach Tim Beckman received two more verbal pledges to the Rocket program this afternoon. Robert Bell of East Grand Rapids High School in East Grand Rapids, Mich., became commitment No. 14 this evening.

It can’t be said that the new Toledo Rockets coaching staff isn’t working hard. Just days after hosting Robert Bell, a 5-foot-11, 225-pound linebacker, on an unofficial visit in the Glass City, new Toledo coach Tim Beckman was in East Grand Rapids, Mich., to try and seal the deal.

What was the result of the trip to Western Michigan? Bell, who finished his senior year with over 40 tackles, a handful of sacks, eight pass breakups and four forced fumbles, became commitment No. 14.

“It’s not a rumor, it is true!” Bell told Rocket Digest in a phone interview. “I committed to Toledo.”

Bell also held offers from both Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan, the later almost securing a commitment from the talented defensive player before even stepping foot on the Toledo campus.

“I went down to Eastern Michigan two weeks ago,” Bell said when asked about his recruitment. “I really wanted to go to Eastern, but my dad’s been through this (the recruiting process) so many times that he told me that I needed to weigh my options and compare it to something. I went down to Toledo this weekend and what I saw was just amazing.

“The academics are really good as far as being there for you all the time. It’s all there for you. With all the study tables and everything, it’s all there. If you fail, it’s your own fault.”

Bell is the fourth member of the Grady household to accept an athletic scholarship. Step brothers Kevin and Kelvin are both on scholarship at the University of Michigan. He also has a brother, Courtney, playing football at Grand Valley State.

Along with his positive experience on the Rocket campus, Bell also spent time talking to Rocket Digest about his relationship with the Toledo coaching staff, a relationship that started over a year ago while Mike Ward, the Rockets new linebacker coach, was still on the staff in Bowling Green.

“He recruited me there,” Bell continued. “When he came over he brought his information.”

He continued on his relationship with Coach Beckman.

“He’s a great guy. He came into the house and he felt welcomed. He felt like he was part of the family, then he brought me into his. He wants to get the program turned around. He wants to win championships. He said it starts with this recruiting class. He just wants to win.”

Bell has potential to see time at both inside and outside linebacker for the Rockets.

“Just get me on the field. I can play anywhere. I’ll play inside or outside. Get me on the field and I’ll make plays,” the confident defender said.

Bell reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 27 on the ACT.

Bell had planned a visit to Miami University this weekend, but following his visit from Coach Beckman, and his verbal commitment to Toledo, the visit has been cancelled.

“My commitment is firm. My dad always believed that your word is bold. Even if I wanted to decommit I don’t think he would let me. I wouldn’t even want to.”


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