Tennessee’s class of 2021 just keeps chugging along and growing by the day. The Volunteers added three new commitments over the weekend, bringing the total to 21 total in the class. Few needs remain, but you could argue that tight end is certainly one of them.
A potential solution to that need could be Trinity Bell, who listed Tennessee among his top options on Monday night. Florida, Auburn, Kentucky and Central Florida joined the Volunteers in Bell’s ‘final five.’
Bell is a three-star prospect, ranking 486th overall in the country, per 247Sports. The 6-7, 256 pound prospect is listed as an athlete, also playing as a defensive lineman. Most teams project Bell to the tight end position at the next level, however.
Tennessee was able to get Bell on campus in early February for an unofficial visit during a junior day. Both Kentucky and UCF have offered since, cracking his top five despite joining the recruitment late. Tennessee was the first major offer for Bell, coming back in February of 2019.
The Albertville, Alabama native could see an opening in Tennessee’s offense at the tight end spot. The Volunteers are left with a largely unproven group now that Dominick Wood-Anderson has moved on to the NFL. Jacob Warren, Austin Pope, Sean Brown, Jackson Lowe and Princeton Fant will be battling it out for playing time once practices get back underway.
Bell is also another two-sport athlete, also adding value on the basketball court. Tennessee signed two receivers — Malachi Wideman and Dee Beckwith — that will try to play both football and basketball in Knoxville. Bell could follow that same path wherever he ends up next fall.
Small note: Another name to know — three-star tight end Miles Campbell is another potential answer at the position. He plans on announcing his decision on May 18th.