Reserve tight end Shadell Bell is leaving Clemson and transferring to another school, several sources told The Clemson Insider Monday.
Bell, a former wide receiver who moved to tight end prior to the 2016 season, is leaving Clemson so he can earn more playing time somewhere else.
There is no word on where he plans to attend college next fall, but Bell will finish out this semester at Clemson.
One source told TCI Bell spoke with the Clemson coaching staff last week about his plans to transfer. He also has told his teammates, according to another source.
Bell, who is a redshirt sophomore, is the fourth Tiger to announce he is transferring to another school since the team got back from its Sugar Bowl loss to Alabama on Jan. 1. Backups quarterbacks Zerrick Cooper and Tucker Israel announced their plans to transfer last month, while reserve defensive tackle Jabril Robinson did the same last week.
Originally, Bell signed at Clemson as a wide receiver in 2015 but made the switch to tight end prior to the 2016 season.
Bell hoped this past season was going to be his year to get more playing time with Jordan Leggett gone and Garrett Williams out with an ACL injury. However, Milan Richard, D.J. Greenlee and Cannon Smith stepped up and filled their roles on Clemson’s offense.
Bell had just two receptions in the 2017 season and appeared in three games in 2016 after being redshirted in 2015 as a freshman.
Despite undersized at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Bell made the switch to tight end in hopes of earning more playing time there, especially with Clemson so deep at wide receiver. However, Bell could never get his weight up to where it needed to be and subsequently played sparingly the last two seasons.
Before Clemson, Bell played in the All-American Bowl and was rated as the No. 45 receiver in the nation coming out of high school.
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