WR 6-1, 170, 4.5 Rayville (La.)
Jr. Stats: 58 catches for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns
The Latest: Kenny Bell is still sitting on offers from LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tulsa, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech and UL-Monroe but he said that three other schools have been showing him more attention of late in Michigan, Nebraska, and Georgia. He said he hasn’t participated in too much of spring practice due to a strained hamstring but he started going at it more late last week and a little more on Monday.
Can LSU Land Bell: It seems that whenever a kid comes out of Rayville, LSU is the team to beat and especially if you believe the past is a good indicator of the future. Bo Barton has had three of his kids garner national attention over the past three years in Richard Murphy, D’Montreal Wilson and Chris Tolliver. All three committed to the Tigers and the only one who didn’t sign his national letter-of-intent was Wilson and that was simply because he wasn’t going to qualify. LSU may have some good young depth at receiver but it is not enough to push Bell away.
The Competition: Alabama and Mississippi State are the two schools that will give LSU the stiffest competition for Bell’s signature and he said that he also wants to try and visit Michigan and Nebraska this summer to see what each place is all about.
Sonny’s Take: LSU fans were sitting on pins and needles for most of Chris Tolliver’s recruitment because they thought that Alabama was going to land the Rayville standout. That was for the 2008 class and now here we are going full speed ahead for 2009 and it must seem like déjà vu for some. If you are feeling nervous and getting a little uptight about Kenny Bell and the prospects of losing him to another school then relax. LSU is in very good shape with the 4-star receiver and look for him to give the Tigers his verbal commitment sometime in June or July. Bell wants to camp at LSU and Alabama, and the feeling here is that the Tigers will get his commitment after he camps in Baton rouge provided he already spent some time in Tuscaloosa. Distance from home will play a factor in his decision and although he says that Tolliver isn’t trying to talk him into joining him at LSU, once he gets down there and sees Murphy, Tolliver and many of the other guys from North Louisiana the home cooking will likely seal the deal. If not, it shouldn’t be too long as he still plans on announcing his decision before he reports to fall camp.
Scouting Report: Bell has the speed to be a homerun threat but he also does well with his short to intermediate routes. He has good body control and uses his hands well but sometimes lets the ball get into his body rather than catching out in front. His speed is deceptive because he doesn’t look like a burner on some plays and then on others he just glides past the defenders. Last year, Bell was Rayville’s leading receiver but he had Chris Tolliver and Abrecus Martinez to take some of the pressure off of him. This year, he will have Martinez but with Tolliver gone, Bell is going to get more attention so it will be interesting to see how he fares against the double teams.
S 6-4, 184, 4.65 Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze
Jr. Stats: 40 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble
The Latest: Ole Miss and Michigan offered Jonathan Scott on Monday to push his offer total into double digits. The Rebels and Wolverines joined LSU, Florida State, Auburn, Central Florida, Florida International and Kentucky to go with a few other smaller offers he has picked up. Several schools have been by to evaluate the 3-star safety in person and he is expecting a visit from LSU receivers coach D.J. McCarthy one day next week.
Can LSU Land Scott: Obviously, the national championship that LSU just won is very appealing to recruits and one that has really taken notice of that accomplishment is Scott. He has two brothers that play college ball in James (Ohio State) and Kenny (Georgia Tech) and ironically neither one of those schools are showing much love. As of now, Scott says staying close to home is not going to be a big factor but location is and he expanded on that by saying he would like to stay within driving distance to his home in Daytona Beach. Scott wants to have the chance to play early in his career and he would have that opportunity at LSU.
The Competition: Word coming out of Florida is that the major players for Scott right now are LSU, Florida State, Auburn, South Carolina, and Michigan. If Florida and Miami offer then those two could factor into his decision but he says he would like to narrow things down to his final five once spring ends and before the summer gets here.
Sonny’s Take: From talking to Scott it was very obvious that he was high on LSU and although he said he didn’t want to name a favorite until spring was over he gave every indication that LSU is in real good shape. When asked if he had any idea on which schools he wanted to visit he said he wanted to give them all a chance before he thought much about trips but he said the one he knows that will get a visit is LSU. When he talked about the factors that would play into his decision the one thing that caught my attention was playing time and you could just hear it in his voice that it is something that he is paying close attention to. Scott said that the LSU staff hasn’t broken down the depth chart yet and when/if it does then he will like what he hears because after next season there could be a chance for some early PT if Chad Jones goes pro after his junior season.
Scouting Report: Speed is a little concern from talking to a few people who saw Scott in person at our combine in Jacksonville as he ran a 4.65 (40). He reportedly looked good in the individual drills and showed good range and good ball skills. Scott kind of reminds me of Curtis Taylor when he came out of high school with his frame and from some pictures I’ve seen. Sources in Florida feel that he has the potential to add 20-25 pounds on him and keep his speed at the next level. I should be getting some film early next week so then we will be able to see how Scott looks in pads.