Defensive end? Tight end? Two-sport athlete? Those are a few of the questions facing Trinity Bell as he decides his next step in his recruitment. The 6-7, 256 pound athlete has plenty of options — which he has now narrowed down to eight destinations.
One of those options was Tennessee, who checked in alongside of Auburn, Purdue, Nebraska, Kentucky, Florida, Indiana and Central Florida in Bell’s top eight.
Tennessee has tight ends coach Joe Osovet as the primary recruiter here, suggesting that the staff sees his long term fit on the offensive side of the ball.
Bell is a three-star prospect, ranking 544th in the 2021 class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s out of Albertville, Alabama, checking in as the 20th best prospect in the state.
Tennessee offered Bell in February of 2019. He visited campus last September, then again this winter. The standout athlete has said that he’s looking for a chance to play both football and basketball at his next stop, something that Tennessee could possibly do with 2020 signees Malachi Wideman and Dee Beckwith.
The Volunteers were actually the first offer for Bell.
Bell emerged as a defensive star in high school, but most programs are recruiting him as a tight end. With that 6-7, 250 pound frame, Bell has the makings of a redzone matchup nightmare. The position remains a bit unsettled for Tennessee after Dominick Wood-Anderson graduated.
Tennessee signed Sean Brown and Jackson Lowe in the class of 2019. Jacob Warren, Austin Pope and Princeton Fant make up the rest of the tight end picture for the Volunteers in 2020.