Reserve linebacker Isaiah Bell leaves Michigan football team
Reserve linebacker Isaiah Bell has left the Michigan football team, according to a team spokesman.
Bell, who would have been a redshirt junior next year, is the seventh player to leave the program since the hiring of coach Brady Hoke. An eighth, Darryl Stonum, was dismissed in January.
Bell never saw the field at Michigan and was not considered part of the mix for next season. The Wolverines return all but two players from their three-deep at linebacker, including all three starters, and also add four talented freshmen.
Two of those freshmen -- Ohio four-star recruit Kaleb Ringer and three-star Joe Bolden -- already are on campus as early enrollees. Another, Detroit Cass Tech's Royce Jenkins-Stone, is ranked by Scout as the top recruit in the state of Michigan.
It would have been unlikely, then, for Bell to have seen any significant time in the next two years.
Bell hailed from Liberty High School in Youngstown, Ohio, where he was a teammate of current Michigan tailback Fitz Toussaint.
WolverineNation was the first to report Bell's departure.