Juco OG Mitchell Bell ready for Arkansas

Junior college offensive guard Mitchell Bell (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College) committed to Arkansas in September, but when it was determined John L. Smith wouldn’t return as head coach, the junior college offensive lineman decided on some recruiting insurance.

While Bell is still committed to the Razorbacks, he said he will continue to keep his eyes and ears open for new offers. At 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, Bell has good size for a guard, and he plays with a passion that catches the attention of FBS coaches. Expected to be a mid-year transfer, Bell has additional offers from Washington State, Kansas and Grambling State.

“I’m still committed, but I’m looking at other schools, just in case I don’t have anywhere else to go,” Bell said. “I still want to be at Arkansas, though.”

Bell said the hiring of former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was something he welcomed. While he hasn’t spoken with Bielema yet, he recently has been communicating with his recruiting contact, safeties coach Bobby Allen, to discuss the future of Arkansas football.

“Being that he’s from Wisconsin and that he’s an offensive lineman guy, I feel like it’s a good move for us,” Bell said. “Wisconsin has sent some of the best lineman to the league. I figured that’ll be a great opportunity for me. I feel like he can be a great person to learn from.”

Bell was a part of a Navarro team that won the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl on Dec. 1 in Copperas Cove, Texas. He helped Navarro win three consecutive Southwest Junior College Football Conference championships and back-to-back Heart of Texas Bowl titles.