Tennessee’s class of 2021 exploded this spring, pushing the Volunteers to an early top five class. With the large number of commitments in such a small amount of time, it was tough to focus on everyone.
One of those not-so-publicized commitments was Trinity Bell, a three-star athlete out of Alabama. Bell is a 6-7, 260 pound prospect that can play on both sides of the ball. He mans the tight end position for Albertville High School, but also plays on the defensive line. Where will he end up at Tennessee? That remains to be seen.
In an interview with AL.com, his high school coach offered high praise, calling Bell a “nightmare.”
“He’s so long,” Albertville coach Cliff Mitchell said. “It’s really a nightmare for other teams.”
“(Tennessee) coach (Jeremy) Pruitt has talked about him playing either of those spots, and we will use him in both,” Mitchell said. “He has got such a quick burst off the ball on defense that we need to let him get after the quarterback in passing situations. He’s a very coachable kid. I think he will play wherever they ask him to play.”
Bell caught 26 passes for 415 yards and six scores. He added 28 tackles on defense, six of which went for a loss. Bell was credited with two sacks and seven quarterback hurries.
With two other commitments at the tight end position in the 2021 class, it’s entirely possible that Bell could start his career at Tennessee on the defensive side of the ball. He already has the size of a 3-4 defensive end and would help fill a need with six seniors set to leave the defensive line after this season.
However, as we’ve seen in Jeremy Pruitt’s short time at Tennessee, he’s not afraid to move players around the roster. It’s a fairly decent bet that Bell will end up at least learning both positions for the Volunteers until he finds his final home on the depth chart.