Kanya Bell was a Pop Warner sensation playing in the Snoop League and was part of an incredible freshman class at Long Beach Poly three years ago that included Iman Marshall, Stanley Norman, Cordell Broadus and the Calhoun twins, Jeremy and Justin.
Bell and Broadus transferred to Diamond Bar following their freshman seasons and both players made an immediate impact. Bell earned all-state underclass honors as a sophomore with 45 catches for 800 yards and eight touchdowns to go with 30 tackles and two picks. He then had a dominant spring playing for the Snoop Dogg all-stars and scholarship offers started to fly in.
UCLA was the first offer for Bell and soon Washington, Arizona State and Oregon State jumped in as well. Nebraska was the first school to offer outside the region and when his childhood favorite, the USC Trojans, offered, it looked like game over.
Primed for a big junior season, Bell tore his MCL and meniscus in practice prior to week three of his junior season and missed the rest of the year. He spent all spring/summer rehabbing the knee and made the move recently to play his senior year as a Jackrabbit.
"It feels like I'm home," Bell said. "Poly is where I started out at and it feels great to be back here. Now it's time to do some work and make sure I'm ready to go for the season. I want to get a ring on my finger before I head off to college and I think we have the team to do it."
Health wise, Bell said everything is coming along well.
"I'm able to sprint now but haven't tried cutting on it yet," Bell said. "Everything is coming along well though and I'm getting more comfortable with it every day. The goal is to be 100% by the time league rolls around and I'm confident I'll get there."
From a recruiting standpoint, Bell said things have been slow but he's hopeful it will pick up during the coming season.
"I missed all that time last year and also got a new phone number so I'm not really hearing from anyone right now," Bell said. "I'm not really worried about it though, I'm just trying to get back on the field and help our team win a championship. I know everything else will take care of itself once I show I'm healthy and playing the way I know I can."