Cats land first football commitment

When it comes to recruiting brothers, the Wildcat football team has had mixed success. Although the Hunely's, Lovett's and Scott's, among others, all decided to attend the UA, the Cats have not had as much success recently. In the past few years the Cats have missed out on Lawrence Jackson, Matt Leonard and Cornell Canidate, all of whom had older brothers play at Arizona. The Cats look to change that trend and have received a verbal commitment from the brother of a current Wildcat.

Travis Bell, the brother of Arizona offensive lineman Tanner Bell, has told the Wildcat coaches that he will play football at Arizona. Bell is a 6-7, 215-pound tight end at North Monterey County High School. He had just nine catches for 131 yards as a junior, but a new quarterback has Bell confident that his receiving totals will climb.

Bell has been to Tucson on a number of occasions to visit his brother, and was at the Spring Game taking an unofficial visit. The visits left a very positive impression on Bell.

"I like everything I've seen at Arizona," Bell told Cat Tracks. "I like the players, coaches and the town. I think it's a great college football town. The school is the main attraction. I also really like the rivalry they have with ASU."

The loyalty the staff showed Tanner in recruiting was also a big key. Tanner was injured in the second game of his junior year and the Wildcats were one of the few teams to stay with his recruitment.

"I knew if they offered a scholarship that I'd take it," Bell said. "I figured I'd just end the recruiting process and have my senior year to play."

Bell is on the thin side but he feels that he can add weight over the summer and the Cats must be impressed by the fact that Tanner grew quite a bit between his junior year in high school and freshman year in college.

The verbal by Bell is even more significant because the Cats failed to sign a prep tight end in the '03 class and go into camp with just three confirmed scholarship tight ends, two of whom are juniors.

"Coach Mackovic says he wants me to be a tight end," Bell said. "I feel I have great leverage and take people over the top. I have good foot speed, good hands and I feel I'm a smart player."

Bell was also getting interest from a number of schools including USC, Oregon and Miami.

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