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Breaking down commitment of Demitrius Bell to Nebraska Football



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Nebraska football has landed the commitment of Demitrius Bell in the 2023 class and here are some instant reactions.

Demitrius Bell has joined three others in the last day by committing to the Nebraska football program and he’s the third addition to the 2023 class in the past two days.

Bell is out of Tennessee and is 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. He was formerly committed to Michigan State and Kentucky looked like the team to beat later in his recruitment before Nebraska football made a late push.

At one time, Bell was rated as a four-star recruit but is now rated as a three-star prospect according to 247 sports own rankings and the 247 sports composite rankings where Bell is ranked 453rd overall.

Bell was expected to make a decision on Feb. 2 but after visiting Lincoln over the weekend, he has announced his commitment early and it’s another solid pickup for Matt Rhule, who also earned the commitments of Ismael Smith Flores, Jeremiah Charles, and Jacob Hood on Monday.

Breaking down recent Nebraska football commitments

Hood is an offensive tackle transfer and he’ll be expected to compete for a starting job next season. Charles and Ismael Smith Flores both played under Bob Wager at Arlington Martin. Both have played just one season of high school football but are classic Rhule takes.

Charles averaged 20 yards per reception in his only season of high school football. Smith Flores is a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder that was also being pursued by Rutgers and Iowa at tight end.

Bell is more of a proven prospect. He is also someone that had over 270 rushing yards last season in high school, as well as being a productive pass catcher. Bell is the sixth top-500 commitment under Rhule and Nebraska football now has the No. 23 class overall according to the 247 sports composite rankings.

Nebraska football now has six potential receivers in this class in Malachi Coleman, Bell, Charles, Jaidyn Doss, Brice Turner, and Jaylen Lloyd. However, four of those six are listed as athletes: Coleman, Bell, Lloyd, and Turner. 

The point is, don’t worry about the receiver room being crowded. Some of these guys are very raw. I wouldn’t include Bell in that group, but there’s no doubt some of these guys could play other positions too.

Regardless, you have to be impressed with the depth and talent of the 2023 haul at wide receiver and Bell just adds to that, even if he’s known more for football production than track. Bell had 59 receptions for 704 yards and eight touchdowns last season, while also adding 274 yards on the ground and two scores.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska