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."
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