Christian Bell originally committed to Alabama back in April of 2014, and his journey is finally ending on Wednesday.
Bell, a 3-star defensive end from Hoover (Ala.) High School was expected to be a part of the 2015 signing class, not the 2016 group. What happened was Alabama asked him to grayshirt before last year’s National Signing Day. A grayshirt is essentially a pause button to joining the team. Grayshirts cannot receive an athletic scholarship, enroll as a full-time student and can’t work out with the football team. Bell reportedly was asked to grayshirt so it could give him more time to get stronger and work on his academics.
He can now enjoy the benefits of being a full-time student at the University of Alabama because Bell announced on Twitter that he has officially signed his national letter of intent. He will begin classes in January and will be able to participate in spring practice.
The future member of the Crimson Tide says he’s used his time away from the team to get better on the field.
“I’m now 6-foot-4, 240 (pounds),” Bell told John Garcia of Scout.com.“All my lifts have gone up tremendously. I’ve been working on my speed, too. The plan is still the same, to play outside linebacker, JACK linebacker. I’ve been in communication with (Alabama outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi) lately. I was talking to Kirby (Smart) a lot when he was still there, but I talk to all of them on visits. But I can go back up there after I sign because then I’m not a recruit anymore.”
He was rated as the No. 19 overall weakside defensive end in the class of 2015.