Another week has gone by, and Tennessee has added even more talent to their 2021 recruiting class.
The week started off with three-star tight end Miles Campbell committing to the Vols. On late Wednesday night, four-star athlete Kaemen Marley committed to Tennessee. Then on Friday, the Vols added a commitment from one of their long-time targets in the state of Alabama.
Trinity Bell, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end/defensive end who plays for Albertville High School in Albertville, Alabama, announced his commitment to the Vols on Friday. He chose Tennessee over the in-state Auburn Tigers, Bell’s other finalist in his recruitment. He also holds offers from Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, UCF, and others.
— Trinity 🅱️ (@OfficialTrinnn) May 22, 2020
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Bell is the No. 510 overall prospect, No. 37 athlete, and the 20th-best recruit in the state of Alabama.
Bell is a large-bodied athlete who didn’t play football for his first two years of high school. After playing football a lot growing up, he elected to focus on basketball his first couple years of high school, and he excelled there. As a sophomore, he averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds while totaling 13 double-doubles. He was voted to the Class 6A Third Team All-State team.
But heading into this junior year of high school, he decided to give football a try again. UT was the first school to offer him, giving him an offer back in February of 2019. Illinois followed in August, and Nebraska, Auburn, Indiana, and Purdue all gave him offers in September. Kentucky and UCF are the most recent schools to offer him, doing so in March and April of this year.
Bell has been a frequent visitor to Tennessee’s campus, attending the Vols’ home match-up with BYU in Week 2 of the 2019 season and coming back for a Junior Day event on February 1st of this year. He also took multiple visits to Auburn, but the Vols got his last visit before the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shut down recruiting visits.
And now, the Vols have his commitment.
Bell’s size and strength make him an ideal weapon on offense, and he’s a match-up nightmare for anyone in high school. Even in college, he’ll be tough to guard and defend. On defense, he has some solid skills and a good foundation to build upon, but it looks like he’s more polished and has a bit of a higher ceiling on offense. But he could play on either side of the ball in college depending on how he develops, and his body type makes him an intriguing prospect for both offense or defense.
On offense, Bell caught 26 passes for 415 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. Defensively, he totaled 28 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown. He also has a reported 6-foot-9 wingspan and a 31-inch vertical leap.
Bell gives Tennessee their 24th public commitment in the 2021 cycle so far. He’s the Vols’ sixth commit from the state of Alabama, joining top-40 defensive end Dylan Brooks, four-star wide receiver Jordan Mosley, three-star athlete Roc Taylor, three-star safety Edwin White, and three-star cornerback Jay Jones.