Ring My Bell

Independence Community College cornerback Allen Bell (6-1, 190, 4.4) - a former Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards star and teammate of current Razorback Michael Smith - and fellow Pirate and former University of Arkansas signee Kevin Hubbard (6-3, 235) were on hand this weekend on the UA campus.

The University of Arkansas is thought to thinking of adding an older cornerback to add its 2007 recruiting class and one who fits the bill was on the Razorbacks' campus this weekend.

Former Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards prep standout and current Independence (Kan.) Community College defensive back Allen Bell (6-1, 190, 4.4) showed up with a couple of teammates – including former UA signee Kevin Hubbard - this weekend for an unofficial visit.

That occurred while the Razorback coaches were putting on their Seniors Camp for high school players and gave him a great look at his possible future coaches in action.

"I'm real impressed with the Arkansas coaching staff, how well they all get along and how hard they work," Bell said. "This is definitely a school I am very, very interested in."

Bell, who played his high school ball with current Razorback tailback Michael Smith and will have three years of eligibility left when he arrives at a D-1 school, was making his second trip to Fayetteville after coming over for the UA Red-White game on April 15.

"I really like everything over here," Bell said. "I am real good friends with Mike Smith and know that he loves it over here. When I was home this summer, I talked with his mom and she was telling me about the weight room that I hadn't gotten to see. Now that I have, wow, it's something. They've got great facilities over here."

Arkansas joins Kansas State, Kansas and East Carolina showing the most interest in Bell while Florida and USC have also made inquiries about him.

"I think my speed, my quickness and my agility is what helps me take it to the next level I guess," Bell said. "I am working on just reacting more instead of guessing what might happen."

Independence head coach David Ward, a Arkansas native from Carlise, is anxious to get him on the field in game competition this season instead of just seeing him in practice.

"He's got a lot of speed and some great instincts and I think is going to be a great player for us this season," Ward said. "I know Arkansas really likes him, but they want to see him play this season and make sure it's not just straight ahead speed and want to make sure he can move his hips and cover."

Independence opens its season Saturday, August 26th when it hosts Cisco in a 4 p.m. game.

The Pirates finished 3-6 last season in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference, playing good enough defense, but only averaging 17 points on the other side of the ball – the next-to-worst scoring offense in the league.

That number is a bit skewed as the offense score a touchdown or less in four different games and had rolled up 49 and 30 points in two different games.

But former Springdale starter Brandon Martinez will be at the helm this season and the offense is expected to be much better because of him and some incoming wideouts.

Hubbard (6-3, 235) will be playing both tight end and defensive end this season and thinks those numbers will soar this season.

"We have a new offensive coordinator and we really don't have a tight end and I can run so they are putting me there," Hubbard said. "In junior college, you can have only 12 out-of-state players so a lot of guys have to go both ways anyhow."

"I think we are going to score a lot more points this season," Bell said.





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