Kentucky’s 2013 football recruiting class just got a little bigger. Alvonte Bell, a 3-star Defensive End from Everglades High School in Florida, has verbally committed to the Cats. It’s a huge addition, both literally and figuratively, as Bell is listed at 6’6″ and 230 pounds. He joins fellow 3-star defensive talent Jacob Hyde as the only other recruit in the 2013 class.
“The reason I chose Kentucky is because it felt like home to me because of the family atmosphere,” Bell told Rivals.com. Also, the way they impressed my mom was very important.”
Bell has been widely recruited, courting offers from Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. He has the frame and athleticism to be successful in the SEC. Length won’t be an issue, and he seems rather agile for his size, but questions about his academic profile have raised questions from some. He’s already a high 3-star according to most scouting services, and with more time, additional bulk, and extra work in the classroom, Bell could easily become a 4-star recruit.
When asked what he brings to the field, Bell has this to say. “I would like to believe my speed and the ability to chase the play are some things I really do well.” Bell could be an important piece for Kentucky moving forward, but many doubters are already questioning the veracity of his commitment. To address his scoffers, he had this to say.
“I am definitely solid on Kentucky. I’m committed there.”
Hopefully Bell will get his grades in order and become a force on the field. But the real question is, at 6’6″ and 230, could he fill a big hole power forward anytime soon?
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