Bakersfield Duo, Dustin Bell & BB, Choose KSU

Shut Down CB Dustin Bell

Bakersfield CC shut down cornerback Dustin Bell locks up his spot in the KSU 2008 Recruiting Class after tripping to Manhattan this weekend for an official visit. Citing a get down to the basics heart-to-heart with Reggie Walker and unexpected conversation with KSU head coach Ron Prince, the 5-11/179/4.45 corner from Dallas, Texas is "All about that Purple"...

"Ah man," Dustin Bell breaking it down for KStateFans.com said, "K-State is the place for me."

"Coach Prince..." Bell said before adding, "It is all about Coach Prince. He's just laid back, down-to-earth, and cool. We didn't even talk football. We just talked about life, school...."

While KSU QB Josh Freeman and WR Jordy Nelson was involved with the hosting duties it was a conversation Bell had with Reggie Walker striking him as the mantra for any other JUCO who wants to make an impact at K-State...

"Reggie was the coolest dude I hung out with the whole time I was there," Bell sharing pertinent recruiting information said. "He basically told me straight up, 'You come up here, do what you got to do, and you'll play...'"

Bell, a quarterback his entire life before converting to cornerback in the JC ranks is usually one step ahead of his opponents, picking 7 passes this season and breaking up 18 passes to go along with 53 tackles...

The skills, talent and upside makes this kid a 4-star CB no matter what anyone tells you. This kid has mad game and is taking that game to Manhattan.

The Bakersfield lock down CB has the ability to physically man up against wide receivers in bump and run coverage. He's a pure cover corner who is only going to get better and better. Make no mistake, adding corners with press coverage skills is exactly what the doctor ordered for Tim Tibesar's 3-4 defensive scheme, predicated on cornerbacks who can blanket opposing wide receivers giving the front seven time to get to the passer..

This is a huge commitment for the Cats (and a 4-Star recruit per KStateFans..com).

Bell also said his teammate Brandon Banks, a 5-foot-7, 165-pound speedster at wideout, pulled the commitment trigger in favor of Kansas State. While Banks might lack the height/weight-package of the prototypical receivers his game should not be underestimated. Dude is hiccup quick, scary fast and broke tons of records this year at Bakersfield CC.

KSU is adding the final pieces to the recruiting puzzle. This year's class is taking shape and no question in my mind they're bringing in the kind of kids capable of playing a big role in shoring up some much-needed depth, skill and talent at positions of need and and position in need of being upgraded in order to return the Cats back to its winning ways.

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