BYU received a late commitment for the 2013 class early Saturday morning when Georgia running back Khalil Bell made his intentions known via Twitter:
I have just decided that I will be taking my career to the next level, and attending BYU in the fall! I thank God for bringing me this far!— Khalil Bell(@KB5_primetime) February 23, 2013
It appears Bell plans to walk on and join the Cougars for the upcoming season, and he already has himself geared up:
Bell is a 5'9", 175-pound running back from Marietta, Georgia. He is credited for 563 yards and 14 touchdowns on 124 carries as a senior for the Kell Longhorns. Kell went 10-2 in Georgia's 5-A competition his senior year.
His hudl highlights reveal a back with adequate speed and power, capable of hitting holes and taking first contact. Style-wise, he should fit in Robert Anae's offense well, as Anae brings back his spread offense and adds elements of the zone-read option he helped coach at Arizona.
Honestly, what Bell brings most to BYU is depth. After Michael Alisa got hurt last season, BYU had one running back and was lucky Jamaal Williams didn't get hurt. Into the future, Bell and Adam Hine will help provide depth to Williams and lighten his load. In Anae's new offense, I think we'll see a lot more running the ball than his first stint in Provo.
And maybe he and Trey Dye can team up to return kicks.
Bell was impressed by the support from the BYU Twitterati early, offering these comments:
I love it, it hasn't even been 24 hours since makin my decision, and it feels like I've been a part of this family!— Khalil Bell(@KB5_primetime) February 24, 2013
But forget all that i still aint made no noise... Gotta stay humble and continue to grind like i been doin— Khalil Bell(@KB5_primetime) February 24, 2013
Nothing warms BYU fans' hearts like a J.D. Falslev earning a scholarship -- or Dennis Pitta, Super Bowl champion, who was once a walk-on at BYU. I hope for the same in Bell's case -- that would mean not only success for BYU, but for him individually as well.
(This is probably a good time to write this: donate to the BYU Touchdown Club to help fund scholarships for walk-ons who earn it.)