Board Quickly Filling Up Under Bell

There is a board inside Gateway head football coach Terry Smith's office that keeps track of scholarship offers for his players. With seniors like five-star linebacker Shayne Hale and four-star running back/cornerback Cameron Saddler, that board is getting quite full.

Junior Dorian Bell is quickly adding to it.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker from Monroeville, Pa., has a bevy of scholarship offers, and is already ranked a five-star prospect by

"Ohio State, Rutgers, West Virginia, Alabama, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Colorado, Tennessee," Bell began to rattle off before pausing. "I don't know who else, but they're all written on my coach's board."

One school name that isn't written under Bell's name yet, but could soon find its way up there is Notre Dame.

"I've gotten a couple letters, that's about it," Bell said. "I haven't really talked to them.

Bell doesn't know much about Notre Dame.

"They've just come to the school to see me once or twice, that's about it," he said. "I'd probably go up there and visit the school."

Before the season, Bell started to receive a lot of interest. As a sophomore, his first year on the varsity, Bell burst onto the recruiting scene with 96 tackles and five sacks.

The first day schools could offer a scholarship, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressell told Bell he'd have an offer. Many schools have followed suit.

"This is all new to me," Bell said. "I didn't get that much attention last year. It's a whole new thing to me. I learned from Cameron and Shayne how to talk with reporters and everything."

This fall, Bell had 131 tackles and 12 sacks, helping Gateway to a 12-2 record and to the WPIAL AAAA championship game at Heinz Field. They lost to Central Catholic.

"Dorian is the best all-around athlete I have coached," Smith said to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review before the season. He's been coaching since 1996. "He's a kid that can dunk a basketball any way you ask him. He runs a 4.5 40; 210 pounds that will hit you like a truck. He can catch a football. He can throw a football 60 yards in the air. He can play tailback, tight end, receiver. He can play any skill position."

Speaking of basketball, Bell said he has hung up his sneakers for good, and will concentrate on football.

Though Bell, who has a 3.0 GPA, doesn't know much about Notre Dame, he saw them play this season. He was in Ann Arbor for Michigan's 38-0 victory over the Irish.

"I liked Michigan and how they do things up there," Bell said. He also visited West Virginia this season, and said that he likes LSU, Rutgers, Ohio State, Florida, Miami and Florida State.

But it's early for Bell, and as the board in Smith's office continues to fill up, he'll listen to more and more schools. Top Stories