Bell gets 'great' vibe at 'Bama

Alabama had some elite defenders on campus for its initial spring football scrimmage on Saturday, including Christian Bell. The in-state edge prospect has a skill-set the Crimson Tide staff has proven to have plenty of success with, and it was sure to relay that message to the Hoover standout over the weekend.

Hoover (Ala.) High is not only the top high school football program in the state, but it has produced some of the top athletes within it of late.

Alabama has benefited as well, with five-star Marlon Humphrey inking with Nick Saban's program in February.

But the 2015 class at Hoover may be the best in program history, especially on defense. Several prospects already hold SEC offers, including Christian Bell.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive end and outside linebacker prospect picked up his offer from the Crimson Tide this spring, and he was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the team's first 2014 scrimmage.

There was a clear goal for the three-star heading into the trip.

"Just to keep building a good relationship with the coaches," he said. " [Lance] Thompson and [Kirby] Smart and Saban."

Bell was able to do so, especially with Thompson.

"It was great, the best part was getting to be in meetings," he said. "I was building a better relationship with the coaches. Thompson was saying how they do things and how he is about his players."

As for what's No. 42 defensive end was able to learn with the linebackers in the meeting, there was a laugh soon after the question was extended.

"A lot," he said. "There's too much, it's so much I can't even remember. But the coaches were telling me they like that I can do everything."

The trip, coupled with the Crimson Tide's recruitment of Bell in general, has Alabama in solid shape for the rising senior as he nears a potential decision.

"It's because of how they treat me and the vibe I'm getting," Bell said. "It's a good vibe. Alabama is great because they show lots of love."

Along with Mississippi State, UCLA and Louisville, the Crimson Tide staff is also recruiting the Hoover product the hardest among schools that have offered.

After taking in the scrimmage on Saturday, Bell says there were a lot of positives at Alabama outside of his recruitment, too.

"The intensity at practice stood out," he said. "All of the players too, it was great.

"But the QB (Blake Sims) impressed a lot. Someone has to replace the QB (A.J. McCarron) from last year and he kept throwing pretty good balls."

Still looking to visit UCLA and a few other programs going forward, the versatile defender is looking to slow the process down soon.

"This summer I'll be making a top five or three," he said. "I'll probably make my decision before the season."

Bell, who has helped Hoover to win the last two Class 6A state championships, says he doesn't have any schools he's sure will make his group of finalists at this time.

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