Biographical Data: 5’11” 175lbs – Richview Collegiate [Etobicoke, ON] and the Etobicoke Eagles of the OVFL. Twin brother of LB recruit Jordon Bell.
Position: DB – Canada Football Chat has described Bell as a shutdown corner. Other football people I’ve talked to have called him as a “tweener”, a guy who is capable of playing multiple DB positions.
Honours: In 2011 Bell’s Richview Saints team won the Toronto City Championship. In 2012 Bell earned a position on the GTA Rising Stars team and followed that up by playing for the victorious GTA Current Stars in 2013. A long time player with the Etobicoke Eagles OVFL program Bell played for the first ever OVFL All Star team.
My Take: Previously I’ve lauded Jailon’s brother Jordon’s transition from DE to LB. But with Jailon there was never any question among OUA recruiters that he was an elite CIS prospect at his current position. From what I’ve heard most OUA recruiters consider him to have the physical gifts and the coverage skills to play corner. Yet he is very physical and a hitter so the idea he could play inside also makes sense. Guelph won a heated battle for his services in part because Jailon and Jordon wanted to play together in college.
And speaking of family, Jailon has two other siblings who have been CIS athletes. Older brother Brandon Lowe played football with the Ottawa GeeGees while sister Jaideene Lowe runs track at the Univ of Windsor. The fact that Jailon comes from a family that has already produced several CIS student-athletes make me think he has not just the athletic ability but the work ethic and commitment to be successful.