Chris Bell is staying in state.
The 3-star defensive back from Pope John Paul II High School (Hendersonville, Tenn.) announced on Saturday that he has committed to Tennessee. Bell will be a preferred walk-on.
“First I’d like the thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to pay college football,” Bell wrote in a post on Twitter. “Without him none of this would be possible. This journey has not been easy due to only having one year of football film and a lot of people not believing in me, but I believe in myself. I’d also like thank all of the college that have recruited me thus far; it has truly been a blessing. After much talk with my family and coaches I have decided to commit THE University of Tennessee.”
— ¹⁵ (@imchrisbell) January 14, 2017
Bell chose the Vols over offers from Miami (Ohio), South Carolina and some FCS programs. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound recruit does not hold a an offer from the Vols, according to 247Sports. As it stands now, Bell’s commitment would not count against Tennessee’s scholarship limit.
He is ranked as the nation’s No. 150 safety prospect and the state of Tennessee’s No. 56 overall recruit, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Bell will be Tennessee’s fourth safety commitment in its 2017 class, joining 4-star Maleik Gray, and 3-stars Jaquan Henderson and Theo Jackson.