Former Notre Dame defensive back finds new home and position

Former Notre Dame defensive back transitions to wide receiver at Vanderbilt, offering a high-risk, high-reward solution for his new team.

While the Notre Dame football team is still looking for ways to build its secondary back up, one of its former defensive backs has found himself a new home. And he just might also be looking at a new position in the deal.

Micah Bell's departure earlier this spring was a surprise, especially to his Notre Dame teammates. It was expected that he would at the very least, be a contributor in the wake of Benjamin Morrison's injury. But he decided that South Bend was no longer for him, leaving many to wonder about the reasons behind his sudden departure.

On Sunday, Bell officially announced he'd landed with the Vanderbilt Commodores.It appears that at least one of the reasons why the former Notre Dame defensive back decided to head to the historically horrible football program is because he's going to play offense in 2024. Bell is reportedly thinking about changing position to wide receiver.

Bell is Vanderbilt's second transfer landed from Notre Dame since Clark Lea took the coaching job with the Commodores ahead of the 2021 season. The former Fighting Irish corner joins linebacker Prince Kollie who transferred in after last spring. 

Kollie did not appear in a game in the 2023 season as he was dealing with the lingering effects of a concussion.

Former Notre Dame defensive back has a new home and a new position

Bell's move to wide receiver comes because Vanderbilt desperately needs depth at the position after the offseason departure of its top three pass catchers—Will Sheppard, Jayden McGowan, and London Humphreys—via the portal. 

It appears the former Notre Dame football star offers a high-risk, high-reward solution for a team that often needs to find unconventional ways to fill its roster. The Irish know something about that, considering their academic standing, though the Commodores are on another level in that regard.

It will certainly be interesting to see if Micah Bell can make a go of it at a new position, outside of the Notre Dame football program's shadow.