When Jarrett Bell showed up on campus last month for Alabama’s offensive line-defensive line camp, the coaching staff didn’t know who he was.
Bell, a 2-star offensive guard from Norco (Calif.) High School, is now a Crimson Tide commit. He chose Alabama over offers from Arizona, Washington State and others. According to his trainer, Jordan Campbell, the Tide are recruiting him at center.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect was a standout at Alabama’s camp and earned a committable offer there. Some fans may see Bell’s ranking and not be impressed with the Tide accepting his commitment. But this is a kid who earned an offer from Alabama after impressing offensive line coach Brent Key and Nick Saban. If we’re following history, Alabama’s evaluations on the majority of the players it lands turn out to be spot on.
Bell also was named the offensive lineman MVP at Southern California’s camp this summer, but the Trojans haven’t offered him. The in-state school is interested in him, though.
The reason for the low ranking could be because Bell hasn’t focused on the offensive line until this offseason. He primarily played on the defensive side of the ball, but that will change this season. For what it’s worth, Rivals.com has Bell listed as a 4-star prospect while Scout has Bell as a 3-star.
Bell is a relatively new name to the recruiting world, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him shoot up the rankings. After all, this is a kid whose max bench is 365 pounds, his squat is 525 pounds, and his power clean is 315 pounds. Those are impressive numbers for a kid entering his senior season.
The nation’s No. 121 offensive guard becomes Alabama’s 10th commitment in the 2018 class and the third in the past week for the Tide, joining 3-star athlete Slade Bolden and 4-star Jack linebacker Cameron Latu.
Watch Bell’s commitment video below.