Every time Tennessee gets a commitment in either football or men’s basketball, we will write up an impact report looking at what that recruit does well, what we feel can be improved, and what his projected impact with the Vols could be over the next few years.
Latest Commit: Trinity Bell, ATH
Height/Weight: 6-foot-7, 260 pounds
School: Albertville (Alabama)
Home Town: Albertville, AL
247Sports Composite: No. 510 overall, No. 37 ATH
247Sports: No. 32 ATH
Rivals: 5.7 rating
Notable Offers: Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska
What we like:
Trinity Bell’s height and size immediately stand out on film. He’s an absolute match-up nightmare at the high school level, and he’s a definite red zone threat on offense at any level of football. He’s very tough and hard to bring down, and he keeps his legs churning even when multiple defenders try to bring him down. His basketball background comes in to play when he’s targeted in the end zone, as he shows the ability to sky for passes and shield defenders away from the ball.
Defensively, Bell uses his long wingspan to disrupt plays in the backfield and to swat passes at the line of scrimmage. He has the power to get by blockers, and his long strides help him cover a lot of ground in just a few paces.
Places to improve:
While certainly not slow, Bell’s speed isn’t the most impressive. But when you’re 6-foot-7, you can get away with not being a burner. His acceleration lacks top-end burst, but his long gate still helps him cover a lot of ground. He’s a little more raw on the defensive side of the ball, so if that’s where he ends up, he’ll need to learn more techniques and get acquainted with how to shed blocks with more than just strength. Offensively, he’ll have to get used to blocking on the line as a tight end, as he plays more like a wideout for Albertville.
Bell has so much versatility, which has been a theme for recruits brought in by Jeremy Pruitt. I really like what he brings to both sides of the ball, but I think I like his potential as a defensive end a little more than at tight end. I think he’s capable of playing well at either position, and there’s even a chance he could add even more weight to his body and play as an offensive tackle. He’s athletic, big, and presents a lot of options for Tennessee’s staff. The Vols would like to take two tight ends in this class, so unless they end up getting another one to go along with Miles Campbell, I think Bell starts out at tight end. Wherever he ends up in college, his ceiling is very high, and he’s only begun to scratch the surface of his potential.