One of the top prospects on the West Coast, Kanya Bell is receiving plenty of attention from the schools in his area. Bell is listed as an athlete, but can play either wide receiver of cornerback at the next level. He plays for Diamond Bar (Calif.) High School.
Bell has received a lot of love from his home-state schools, sporting offers from USC and UCLA, though other Pac-12 schools like Arizona State, Washington and Oregon State have offered, as well. Nebraska, trying to continue its luck out West, has also offered.
Bell is listed at 6' and 160 pounds by 247 Sports, with a reported 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds.
247, Scout, Rivals and ESPN all rate Bell as a four-star prospect, meaning he is also a four-star recruit in the 247 composite rating. In that rating system, Bell checks out as the 171st-ranked prospect in the country, the 22nd-best wide receiver and the 26th-best player from California.
Scouting by Derrell Warren (@yssd), West Coast Recruiting Analyst
Bell is an athlete who carries both the agility and speed to translate well at multiple positions on either side of the ball.
Bell’s speed and quickness appear to be just about equal. However; coming off of an ACL injury early in his junior season, and the subsequent surgery, this will be an important season in order for him to demonstrate that he is indeed back to full health.
Lined up at wide receiver, Bell shows good initial burst off the line, getting into his routes quickly. His route tree isn’t the most expansive, however, as he is mainly schemed into space via tunnel screens or used as a vertical threat to stretch the field.
Once into space, Bell is a creative runner. This isn’t only just a function of his fluidity and lateral burst, but is a product of his peripheral vision in the open field. Often times Bell will find himself in a compressed area, but find escape routes into the open field most players would not be able to see.
As a route runner, Bell will need to add polish. His game is largely dependent on being able to out-athlete defenders. Specifically, he’ll need to become more adept at creating immediate separation in the three-step game. That is, if he is to evolve into more than just a screen-play or deep-ball threat.
To that end, his size may ultimately limit him in terms of how many touches his body will be able to withstand. But even still, a more well-rounded route tree would lead to him getting more snaps and opportunities to make plays, whether he ever evolves into a true "volume" receiver or not.
Now, Bell has demonstrated the ability to make a high degree of difficult catches. However, too often times he lets the ball get into his frame on routine chances. Consequently, his catch radius is somewhat limited.
He has some physicality to his game. On the defensive side of the ball, he’s very aggressive and throws his body around in run support.
At the college level, Bell projects as a big-play threats in both the vertical passing game and on screen passes. Heading into the future, how he’s able to hold up versus bigger, longer defensive backs he’ll face in college on a down-to-down basis will dictate whether he’ll function better in a pro-style scheme. At this juncture, he more safely projects to the spread.
Bell has good lateral explosiveness, but will get east/west a bit too much in an effort to create the big play as opposed to heading up field after the catch to get the sure yards.