After much angst from the fan base, Kentucky was able to secure two new commitments over the past two weeks.
The first came last Tuesday with the news that Alvonte Bell had pledged to Kentucky after having attended a camp in Lexington. Bell is a long athlete at 6’6 and has the frame to play either a traditional defensive end role or the hybrid DE/OLB position. He is rated as highly as four-stars in some databases and turned down offers from the likes of Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson and others for UK. Bell is a dynamic defensive end with excellent length paired with great athleticism for a player his size. His placement on the depth chart will likely be determined by his ability to learn how to drop into coverage and/or put on weight. If he can pick up coverages quickly, Bell is a great candidate for the OLB/DE hybrid position currently manned by Bud Dupree. If he can maintain his current athleticism while adding about 40 pounds of muscle, he would be a great fit to remain at defensive end in Kentucky’s three-man front. Either way, the Cats got a big-time pickup when Bell committed.