By Ray Hamill — Eureka fans will have reason to root for Santa Rosa JC next season, with senior quarterback Trevor Bell recently deciding to take his talents down south.
Bell, a popular teammate on the Loggers football and basketball teams for the past four years, considered committing to Shasta College, but opted for Santa Rosa and the chance to compete for the Bear Cubs starting job.
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” he said. “Santa Rosa and Shasta are both good programs, but I went down and saw Santa Rosa, and a lot of their quarterbacks graduated, so I can compete (for the starting quarterback job).
“It felt like the right fit.”
Bell’s former head coach at Eureka, Jason White, feels the Bear Cubs are getting a well-rounded quarterback.
“I just think that anybody that gets Trevor Bell is getting a guy that brings everything to the table,” White said. “He’s athletic, he can throw the ball, he’s intelligent, he’s a good leader. He’s the whole package at quarterback.”
Bell, a two-sport star at Eureka, is also well-respected by his teammates, on both the football field and basketball court.
For the senior, however, football was always going to be his priority at the next level.
“I’ve kind of always leaned towards playing football (in college),” he said. “Football’s always been a better choice for me.”
He certainly left his mark in both arenas, and could very well have taken his basketball talents to the next level.
After backing up legendary Eureka QB Cruz Montana as a junior, Bell got the chance to start in his senior year and didn’t disappoint.
He was a big-play player for the Loggers, but injuries to several teammates and the QB himself limited their success.
“If he hadn’t got hurt for league, who knows what we could have done,” White said.
Bell visited the Santa Rosa campus late in the season to take in a Bear Cubs game and liked both what he saw and heard, especially when it comes to the offense.
“The past couple of years they’ve been one of the better community colleges out there,” he said. “When I went down there I talked to the offensive coordinator and he pretty much told me if they have a quarterback and receivers to throw the ball, then they’re going to throw it as much as possible.”
Bell added that after his time at Santa Rosa he hopes to continue his football career at a four-year school.
And he paid tribute to older brother Tanner for helping him make his decision.
The two played football together at Eureka — both quarterbacks — when Tanner was a senior and Trevor a freshman, but while the elder brother considered playing football at the collegiate level, he never pursued it.
“He kind of regretted it later,” Trevor said. “And he told me, if I want to do it then go ahead and do it.”
As for his time at Eureka, the younger Bell will never forget being a part of one of the greatest ever Loggers teams in 2018.
“Of course I’m going to remember my junior year,” he said. “We went all the way to state and had a great season. But I’ll also remember all the offseason stuff and working out with my teammates.”
He says both Tanner and his coaches are among the many people who have had a big influence on his career.
“Coach White, coach (Andrew) Haraldson, and Mo (Purify), all my coaches influenced me a lot,” he said. “And my brother.”
Bell is undecided on what he will major in, but says he is leaning towards Civil Engineering or something along those lines.