Former Merrimack College defenseman Evan Bell, who left the program in December at the semester break, announced his commitment to Penn State on Wednesday.
Bell appeared in five games for the Warriors, totaling two assists. After leaving the program, Bell returned to the Fargo Force in the USHL, where he has 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in 18 games.
Penn State is tentatively scheduled to visit Merrimack College in 2019.
“It’s a great honor to announce my commitment to Penn State University,” said Bell in a statement. “I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches for all their support over the years. In talking to the coaching staff there and also getting the chance to go on a visit, I knew I could see myself there for the rest of my college career. Penn State has such a rich history that I look forward to add to.”
Under NCAA transfer rules, Bell won’t be eligible to play for Penn State until at least the second semester of next season, unless Merrimack releases him from his National Letter of Intent. Depending on when he enrolled at the university, it’s possible he won’t be eligible until 2019-20.