2018 DE/OLB Trumane Bell (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

SMU Among FBS Programs Showing Interest in Rising 2018 Edge Defender Trumane Bell II

FRISCO, Texas -- With a couple of FCS offers in hand, new FBS interest, and a strong testing performance at The Opening Dallas, Trumane Bell II is a 2018 edge defender to watch this spring.

Trumane Bell II is a sleeper prospect who could see a lot more recruiting attention this offseason.

The 2018 defensive end/outside linebacker from Lake Highlands High School in the Dallas area has already picked up FCS offers from McNeese State and South Dakota and has FBS programs ramping up their interest in him. Bell visited SMU this past weekend and hopes to soon visit Texas State and UNLV, which have both shown recent interest as well.

What did Bell think of the SMU visit?

"It was a very nice campus," he said. "I liked how the coaches are around the team and how they participate and all that stuff."

Bell said he's mostly talked with defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt.

"They're telling me they're gonna offer me very soon and they like the way I play," Bell said, "and they're gonna decide on defensive end or linebacker."

Bell's playing experience so far has come at defensive end. He could potentially play weak-side end in a four-man front, or hybrid outside linebacker in a traditional 3-4 scheme.


Bell's interest should pick up even more following Bell's testing performance at this past weekend's The Opening Dallas, where he measured 6-foot-2, 227 pounds and recorded a Nike Football Rating of 110.76, which was among the top scores regardless of position from the 400-plus participants.

Bell ran a 4.82 laser-timed 40 and a 4.36 shuttle, in addition to a great vertical leap of 36 inches and an impressive powerball toss of 40 feet. Those numbers show Bell's explosion.

Texas State defensive line coach Antoine Smith recruits Bell for the Bobcats, while D-line coach Tony Samuel recruits him for UNLV. Samuel was an assistant at Nebraska in the 1990's when Bell's father, the elder Trumane Bell, played tight end for the Cornhuskers in the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

Bell said Texas State sees him as a D-end/outside linebacker hybrid, while UNLV wants him to play D-end.

With increasing interest and strong testing numbers, Bell may not have the sleeper tag for long.

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