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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Darius Bell (Riordan HS) signs with Montana State

MSU Bobcats Bobcat Football News : 2008-02-27 : Bozeman, MT
By MSU Sports Information
An athletic prep quarterback from the Bay Area will join the MSU program next August

Darius Bell, a quarterback from San Francisco's Archbishop Riordan High School, signed a National Letter-of-Intent to join the Montana State football program, Bobcat coach Rob Ash announced.

The 6-1, 220 lb signal caller from Anselmo, Calif., threw for 2,737 yards and rushed for 714 more last year, leading Archbishop Riordan to an 8-3-1 record. He completed 53.1% of his passes (164-of-309) with a 25-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also logged 50 total tackles with 1.5 sacks as a linebacker.

"Darius Bell is a very athletic quarterback," Ash said. "He has the ability to make plays with his legs, but is also a very accomplished passer. A lot of schools recruited Darius as a defensive back, but he really wants to play quarterback, and we'll give him that opportunity. We like what he brings at that position."

Bell's brother Kahlil plays running back at UCLA, where Bobcat quarterbacks coach Jim Svoboda became familiar with the family during his stint as a Bruins assistant.

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