Trinity Bell is a massive two-sport start at Albertville (Ala.), but his high school career was cut short by a season-ending knee injury that resulted in surgery. Yesterday, Bell's basketball coach gave an update on him following surgery.
Ahead of the surgery, Bell was weighing the option of enrolling early to begin his rehab at Tennessee, but he will no longer do that.
Bell told VR2 on SI, "I had a talk with my family, and they just said to finish up school. I am going to try to get all A's." Before the injury, Bell's intentions were always to enroll in May, following the completion of his high school sports career.
Bell was an early commitment for Tennessee, and one of the signees that Jeremy Pruitt has been very familiar with for some time.
In December, following Bell signing his letter of intent, Pruitt said, "Trinity Bell from Albertville, Alabama, is a guy that actually was in the seventh grade, my dad was the head football coach there, and he called me and said, 'listen, there's a kid here in the seventh grade…I don't know if he's going to play in the NFL or play in the NBA, but he's going to play somewhere. I want to bring him down and introduce him to you.'"
Pruitt continued, "So, he's a young man that I've known probably since he was 12 or 13 years old – he was probably 6-4 then. But a guy that's 6-7-plus, 265 pounds, plays tight end, can play multiple positions. Plays defensive end. A guy that's just extremely athletic."
Several of Tennessee's early enrollees are set to arrive on campus over the weekend.