Michigan State football’s four-star flurry continues.
Demitrius Bell from Tennessee became the fifth four-star commitment for Mel Tucker’s Spartans and the second to join the next recruiting class this week. Cornerback Chance Rucker from Texas picked MSU on Monday, and Bell now joins him as the eighth pledge for 2023.
A 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver/defensive back, Bell told the (Murfreesboro) Daily News Journal in April he went from having no college scholarship opportunities at this time a year ago to emerging as a four-star recruit with a flood of recent Power Five offers from LSU, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Memphis. He also recently picked up offers from Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia, among others, according to 247Sports.com.
“I wasn’t talking to anybody,” Bell told the Daily News Journal. “I knew I could (play college football). Just nothing had happened.”
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That added interest coincided with a February transfer from McGavock High in Nashville to Blackman High in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, following a fire that destroyed his home near his previous school. He was an All-Region 6-6A selection at McGavock in the fall before moving to where his father lived in Murfreesboro, he told the Daily News Journal.
“He is probably the fastest kid that I have ever coached, and might be the fastest kid in the state,” Blackman coach Chandler Tygard told the Daily News Journal of his new player. “He can probably play any position on the field.”
According to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings, Bell is rated the No. 333 player in the country and No. 23 as an athlete. He adds another state to Tucker’s recruiting haul. Rucker and running back Kedrick Reescano are from Texas, defensive lineman Andrew Depaepe is from Iowa, and in-state tight end Brennan Parachek is from Dexter. Bell ranks as the No. 2 player in the Spartans’ class according to 247Sports’ composite gradings, just behind Depaepe.
MSU also has commitments from three three-star prospects in Detroit King offensive lineman Johnathan Slack, Texas quarterback Bo Edmundson and Florida cornerback Eddie Pleasant III.