Today’s player was robbed when it came to preseason All-America honors.
David Bell - Jr.
Indianapolis, IN (Warren Central HS)
6’2”, 205 pounds
2021 Projection: Potential All-American
David Bell has played in only 18 games at Purdue. That’s just a season and a half. In 10 of them, he has had more than 100 yards receiving. The school CAREER record is 14 by John Standeford. He has the career record for consecutive 100-yard receiving games with five. In just a season and a half (because of only six games last year) he has managed to reach 12th on the school’s all-time receiving touchdowns list with 15, and the record of 31 is within reach this year. He is 19th in school history with 139 receptions and could easily reach the top 4 if he stays healthy this year. He had 1,660 receiving yards and a 1,000 yard season (which he already had in 2019) puts him in the top 5 in school history. The single season record of 1,307 by John Standeford in 2002 is in jeopardy, as is the single season receptions record (Chris Daniels, 121 in 1999) and single season touchdowns record (16 from Taylor Stubblefield in 2004).
It is safe to say that with a full season last year Bell could leave Purdue at the end of this season (and he almost certainly will for the NFL) with every major school receiving record. COVID took a lot of things big and small, and this is one of the small things, but a full year of a healthy Rondale Moore and David Bell terrorizing defenses last year was one of them.
Bell has been a freshman All-American, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, a First Team all-Big Ten selection, and an Academic all-Big Ten selection. In his senior year in high school he accomplished one of the most impressive feats I have ever seen in going a combined 47-0 in helping Warren Central win the Class 6A football state tile and Class 4A basketball state title. He even went coast-to-coast for the game-winner in the semi-state win over New Albany and Romeo Langford. He had 81 receptions for 1,507 yards and 23 touchdowns, then averaged a team best 12 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists while shooting 53% from the field for basketball. He is talented enough to cross John Wooden Drive and play some minutes for Matt Painter on what will be a top 10 team, but he is content to be one of the best receivers in America and potential first round draft pick.