2019 in-state WR target David Bell a frequent Notre Dame visitor

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

David Bell’s visit to Notre Dame for a sophomore day in April won’t be his last.

The Irish made the wide receiver recruit one of their first targets in the 2019 recruiting class. His interest in Notre Dame is equally high.

“It’s a great place,” Bell said. “You’ll see me back there soon.”

Bell has already been on campus twice in the last seven months. The four-star recruit attended Notre Dame’s loss to Stanford in October and returned earlier this month. The Irish impressed on his last visit.

“It was amazing,” Bell said. “The practice was fun. I got to hang around a few of the coaches. The coaches seem pretty cool. It seemed like a place I could play at.”

Bell wouldn’t be the first product of Indianapolis Warren Central to choose to play for Brian Kelly. Former defensive tackle Sheldon Day and former safety Mykelti Williams both signed with the Irish after playing for the Warriors.

Don’t rule Bell out on making the same decision.

“The No. 1 reason is they’re a good education school, so I love that about them,” Bell said. “Coach Kelly told me it’s not a four-year deal. It’s a 40-year deal. That’s very big for me. Also, it’s close to home.”

Notre Dame won’t have it easy trying to lure the 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore to South Bend. Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa have also already offered. It seems only a matter of time before programs beyond the Midwest start flooding Bell’s offer list.

Bell, who exploded for 1,201 yards and 17 touchdowns on 68 receptions in 2016, listed Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Indiana and Iowa as the five schools recruiting him the hardest lately. 247Sports slates Bell as the No. 11 wide receiver in the 2019 class.

Despite attending Warren Central, Bell doesn’t have close ties with Day and Williams. One relationship he does have with Notre Dame is Irish running back commit Markese Stepp.

“He said he’s not going to let me leave Indiana,” Bell said. “He’s pretty cool.”

Bell has also been developing relationships with Notre Dame’s coaching staff. Recruiting coordinator Mike Elston has led Bell’s recruitment, but Bell also said he hears from Kelly regularly.

On his last visit to Notre Dame, Bell had a chance to meet new wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander.

“He keeps it one hundred with me,” Bell said. “He told me what I need to work on, and I’m thankful for him telling me that. I’m just going to keep working so I can get better.”

Those relationships could be extremely valuable in Bell’s recruitment. Beyond academics, Bell said great coaches are the most important factor in his eventual decision.

“I know they can get receivers to the NFL,” Bell said, “so I want to be the next receiver to get to the NFL if I attend that school.”

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Four-star wide receiver David Bell, a 2019 recruit, said he plans to visit Notre Dame again. (Tribune Photo/TYLER JAMES)