Tennessee has had its third entry on the NCAA transfer portal of the week. Sources told GoVols247 on Thursday night that the freshman trinity bell, who was a tight end before working with the defensive line during bowl prep in December, entered his name into the transfer database. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound athlete from Albertville, Alabama did not play in any games in 2021 while recovering from a knee injury he sustained while playing basketball just over a year ago.
The Vols have had wide receiver Andison Coby and offensive lineman K’Rojhn Calbert enter the portal this week after long snapper Will Albright and running backwards Dee Beckwith entered the portal last week.
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Bell was rated a three-star prospect and was ranked the No. 473 overall player, No. 30 athlete and No. 19 prospect in Alabama in the 247Sports Composite for the 2021 class when he signed with Tennessee.
He played tight end and defensive end in high school and had 37 receptions for 472 yards and two touchdowns as a senior in 2020. In his first season playing football in 2019, Bell had 26 receptions for 415 yards and six touchdowns per offense along with 28 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, seven quarterback rushes, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. He grew up playing basketball and chose scholarship offers to play the sport in college.
Bell underwent surgery for a torn ACL last January and spent the year in rehab while taking on a redshirt and has four years of eligibility remaining if he proceeds with the transfer.
The former Tennessee coaching staff gave Bell his first offer from the SEC in February 2019, even before he started playing football, and had received offers from Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska, Indiana, Louisiana and UCF when he arrived. committed to the Vols in May 2020. Former Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt learned about Bell early because his father, Valley, was a head coach at Albertville from 2015 to 2018. He left to become a head coach at Georgia’s Dade County in May 2019.
After signing up last summer, Bell worked out with the tight ends as he continued to rehab his knee injury, but with him cleared for more practice work, the Vols looked at him with the defensive line for some bowling practices at campus last month, though he remained in a contactless T-shirt.
“Obviously it’s early, but obviously with Trinity, tremendous size.” defensive coordinator Tim Banks said after Tennessee’s practice on Dec. 17. “He runs well. Awesome basketball player. We’ll find out as we continue to grow, but we like what he’s done in terms of his attitude and his desire to be better.”
Tennessee had two more freshman tight ends in 2021 with the redshirt duo of miles campbell Y Julian Nixon, but the Vols didn’t sign tight ends during the Early Signing Period last month.