Ring The Bell

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Navarro (Texas) College offensive lineman Mitchell Bell (6-4, 320), who is ready to commit to Arkansas, but now will not be able to make a previously scheduled visit he was taking to Little Rock and Fayetteville this weekend.

Arkansas has a big offensive lineman that is ready to commit, but car trouble will keep him from making a planned trip to see the Razorbacks play this weekend.

Navarro (Texas) Community College offensive lineman Mitchell Bell (6-4, 320) had plans to pledge to be a Razorback after attending the program's game in Little Rock and then visiting Fayetteville on Sunday.

The Houston native, who has family in Little Rock, was offered a scholarship by Arkansas assistant coach Bobby Allen last week.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Allen about five minutes ago and we are going to set something up for me to visit the next time I have an open date and they have a game," Bell said. "I'll officially commit when I do that, but I can tell you that I am for sure going to be there in January. I am going to be a Razorback. That's for sure."

He will not officially be a pledge until he makes that visit to Fayetteville, which could take place when the Razorbacks host Tulsa on Nov. 3 or LSU on Nov. 23

"I was ready to commit on the spot, but Arkansas wants me to come see a game and visit the campus before I make it official," Bell said.

"I think that is a good way they do things so when you do commit, it is for good and both sides know what is going on," Bell added.

Arkansas already has two 2013 junior college commitments in Weed (CA) College of the Siskiyous linebacker Myke Tavarres (6-2, 215) and Salinas (CA) Hartnell CC cornerback Carroll Washington (6-0, 170).

Like those two, Bell is a mid-term graduate who would be able to come to Arkansas in January and go through off-season conditioning and spring practice.

"Arkansas has a great football program and I am very excited that I am going to get to be a part of it," said Bell, who is also getting increased interest from Baylor, Oklahoma State and New Mexico after this play so far in 2012.

Navarro is 2-0 this season, having beaten Arkansas Baptist 40-0 in Little Rock to start the season and then downing Hutchinson (KA) Community College 54-34 last week.

"We have played really well as a team and as an offensive line this season," Bell said. "I think we are on the verge of having a great season and doing something special with this team."

The Bulldogs have an open date this weekend and that was going to allow Bell and a pair of teammates – sophomore tailback Traylon Snead (6-2, 225) and freshman wide receiver Chris Jones (6-0, 170) – to make the trek to Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are also recruiting Navarro offensive lineman Zach Fondal (6-5, 290), who has missed the first two games due to injury.

"Arkansas sees me as a guard for them," Bell said. "That's what I usually play, but I have been playing right tackle this year because he (Fondal) has been hurt. I feel comfortable at either spot."

Bell believes that he brings several good assets to the field.

"I think some of the the best things I do out on the football field is I am always the first one off the ball, I never take a play off and I block until the whistle blows and the play is over to try and help our backs get every yard they can," Bell said.

"As far as things I need to get better at, I am trying to keep my hips low and come out of my stance lower so I can get under the pads of the defensive lineman," Bell added. "You can always get better every practice and every game and that is my goal."

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