Western Michigan and head coach P.J. Fleck are already off to a quick start recruiting the Class of 2017 and added two verbal commitments today from the Land of Lincoln.
Bishop McNamara junior wide receiver Christopher Bell (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) and Rockford Lutheran junior defensive back Marcus Hayes (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) both gave Western Michigan verbal commitments today. Both players attended a Junior Day event on Saturday at Western Michigan.
"I just called up the coaches at Western Michigan and committed," Bell said. "It feels great to commit to Western Michigan. Coach Fleck and I had some great discussions (on Saturday) and I wanted to commit to him and Western Michigan also is committed to me. Coach Fleck told me I needed to be at Western Michigan and I agree."
Bell admitted that he had no intentions of committing this early yet his talk and visit on Saturday changed his mind.
"I really didn't feel like I was going to commit to anyone this early to be honest," he said. "But after talking with Coach Fleck, I know that Western Michigan has a lot of trust in me and that they believe in me. Western Michigan has great facilities, a great football program and I also know I'll get a great education. WMU is just a perfect fit for me."
Western Michigan has again made recruiting the State of Illinois a priority. The Broncos have extended 32 known verbal scholarship offers so far in the State of Illinois Class of 2017.