Not long ago, Alvonte Bell was an early commitment for former Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach Joker Phillips, and was viewed as the crown jewel of the 2013 recruiting class.
Fast-forward to national signing day, and Bell ended up being the third-best defensive end the Cats signed behind Zadarius Smith and Jason Hatcher.
Still, the 4-star prospect out of Miramar, Florida was a big-time edition, and given the Cat’s lack of depth behind the projected starting defensive line, Bell was poised to get early playing time this season, so long as he showed he was fully healed from a broken leg suffered during his senior season.
Bell attended the Elite Scouting Services combine last summer, and ESPN had a very nice write up of his performance and rise up the recruiting rankings. Miami Herald recruiting writer Larry Blustein believes Bell is bound to be a star:
It’s going to just be a matter of time before every major program knows who Alvonte Bell is. He is going to be the next Jason Pierre-Paul.
But Bell hasn’t made his way to UK’s campus, and rumblings over the summer have suggested he was at risk of being an academic casualty. Larry Vaught reports it’s likely Bell will be somewhere other than UK’s campus this fall:
Also it seems that another signee, defensive lineman Alvonte Bell of Florida, likely will not be on campus, as one source indicates he’ll go to either a junior college or prep school.
Now, here is a look at the first official depth chart regarding the defensive line:
DE – 1. Bud Dupree (6-4, 252, Jr.), 2. Farrington Huguenin (6-4, 262, So.)
DT – 1. Mister Cobble (6-0, 338, Sr.), 2. Mike Douglas (6-4, 288, Jr.)
DT – 1. Donte Rumph (6-3, 320, Sr.), 2. Tristian Johnson (6-1, 265, Sr.)
DE – 1. Za’Darius Smith (6-6, 254, Jr.), 2. TraVaughn Paschal (6-4, 242, Jr.)
Had Bell made it to campus, he possessed the talent to make it onto the 2-deep depth chart by the end of the season.