Linebacker U added its newest member recently as New Jersey product Brandon Bell faxed his letter of intent into Happy Valley. After verbally committing in mid-June, Bell stayed faithful to his word through the NCAA shenanigans and has not been shy about his eagerness to play for linebacker factory that LB coach Ron Vanderlinden has become.
At 6’1″ 220 pounds, Bell has good size and should grown into a solid middle linebacker. He’s a unanimous three star linebacker, according to the experts and Scout calls him the 17th best middle linebacker prospect in this class. Brandon had 117 tackles as a junior, including 24 for loss to go along with over 400 rushing yards and five touchdowns and followed it up with an equally strong senior year. While soft-spoken off the field, Bell brings the wood on it, as you can see in the video below.
Along with Penn State, Brandon held offers from the usual east coast suspects (Rutgers, Cuse, UConn, Maryland, etc.) as well as West Virginia, Northwestern and UCF. He visited West Virginia last winter but hasn’t been to any other campus but Penn State since then. He attended games against Ohio and Wisconsin before taking his official on December 7th.
Glenn Carson has the middle linebacker spot locked down for this coming year but with a thin linebacker corps, Bell could push for snaps. If not on defense, he’s a candidate for special teams. Still, it’s not difficult to think that Bell will be starting at MLB for Ron Vanderlinden in the near future.
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