Maurice Bell, WR, Murrieta Valley High School
Maurice Bell, WR, Murrieta Valley High School (Courtesy photo)

CU's 2017 football commitment list

List of players who have verbally committed to Colorado for the 2017 class:

WR: Jaylon Jackson, Cedar Hill (Texas), 5-foot-10, 150 lbs (4 stars)

WR: Laviska Shenault, DeSoto (Texas), 6-foot-2, 205 (4 stars)

ATH: Dante Sparaco, Cherry Creek HS, 6-foot-4, 265 (3 stars)

DE: Jonathan Van Diest, Cherry Creek HS, 6-foot-2, 235 (3 stars)

Although he's growing up in the sun of Southern California, Maurice Bell has no problem shopping for winter gear if he needs it for college.

The Murrieta Valley (Calif.) High School star has recently taken unofficial visits to Colorado, Iowa and Nebraska, three of the 10 schools that have already offered him a football scholarship

"Wherever I go it's going to be different (from home)," said Bell, a three-star receiver for the 2017 class. "There's going to be changes, so I just have to get used to it. It doesn't really affect my decision. I have to adapt and I know I will adapt."

There's a good chance that Bell will do his adapting in Boulder, as Colorado is one of the top schools he has in mind.


He visited CU during the Buffs' spring game on April 9.

"Colorado is pretty high in the top of my recruiting list," said Bell, who is 6-foot, 170 pounds. "I liked it a lot. The facilities and coaches and everybody out there is so nice. I felt comfortable, and it's a place where I think I could see myself playing."

Bell said he still needs to sit down and come up with a list of his top schools, but asked if Colorado would be in that top five, he said, "Oh yes, definitely."

CU has already had two four-star receivers commit for the 2017 class -- Jaylon Jackson of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Laviska Shenault of DeSoto, Texas -- but that doesn't bother Bell at all. Quite the opposite, in fact.

"It makes me more excited because I know they are bringing in talent," he said. "It's just building the program to make it even better. "

It won't be long before he makes a decision, because he plans to announce his choice on his birthday in early June.

"I'm most likely going to silent commit and then announce where I'm committed to on June 10," he said.

Watching his highlights, it's easy to see why he's so highly regarded. He's got good size and speed, running track in high school and closing in on the school record for the 400 meters.

As a junior last fall, Bell caught 51 passes for 956 yards (18.7-yard average) and 16 touchdowns. He lines up quite a bit out of the slot for the Nighthawks, but has also shown the ability to burn defenders as an outside receiver.

"I'm comfortable with both, so it doesn't really matter to me," he said.

Bell said he is trying to improve his route-running and ability to break away from defenders.

Last season, Bell also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and said, "If I have the option to (return kicks in college), I most definitely will take the opportunity."

For now, plenty of opportunities are in front of him, with eight Power Five schools already offering him a scholarship. While Bell isn't quite sure where he wants to play at this point, he's enjoying the recruiting process.

"It's always good to be recruited so highly from colleges," he said.

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Check out Bell's junior season highlights: