Bell shuts down opposing wideouts

When he signed with UTEP out of high school, current Bakersfield CB Dustin Bell (6-0, 180) thought his ticket was punched. However, things sort of fell apart for him while he was in El Paso and now he's got himself poised for a comeback at the D-1 level once he finishes up this season for the Renegades.

"It was a tough lesson to learn, but it was a wake-up call for me," Bell said as he recalled having to leave UTEP because of grades. "I was real down about it, but when adversity hits you like that, you have to bounceback and make the best of it or you will just quit and never be good at anything."

Bell prepped at Wilmer-Hutchins high school in Dallas and signed with UTEP because of the defense they ran and the conference they played in.

"Conference USA is wide open and they have some great athletes," Bell said. "I liked my time there, but I had to redshirt and then that's when things started to go down hill in the classroom."

Bell admits he lost his focus, but he's not got a solid 3.0 GPA and will be finished with his two-year degree in December.

Even though he plays corner, Bell is the third-leading tackler on his team with 37 and has six interceptions with 17 passes broken up to his credit.

"I lock down guys," Bell said with confidence. "I can read routes really well and my quickness allows me to break on passes that QB's are used to having broken up."

Bell sports and solid 4.45 forty time as well as a 40-inch vertical so he said with his height he can man-up on anyone teams throw at him.

"I like playing the bigger guys because I can be physical with them," Bell said. "I've been working on my strength and just running with them all over the place.

"I don't feel that anyone can beat me down the field and when it's in tight, I can harrass them all day."

On the recruiting front, Bell has five offers to his name and two other BCS schools looking at him.

"Toledo, Kansas State, San Diego State, Tulsa and UTEP have all offered me," Bell said. "I visited Toledo last weekend and had a lot of fun and I have a visit with KSU set up for December 14th.

"Oregon State and Oklahoma State have already called me this week and told me they like what they've seen and will be getting back to me in the next week or so so they might be offering too."

Wherever Bell ends up he'll have two years to play two.

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