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McKewon: Three takes on Demitrius Bell committing to Nebraska

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Nebraska received a commitment from Nashville (Tenn.) McGavock receiver Demitrius Bell. Three takes on the decision of the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder:

A late, high-quality pickup who could play early in Nebraska’s offense. Bell was a receiver/running back in McGavock’s system, tallying 702 receiving yards and 274 rushing yards last season for his team. Is he 6-1? Maybe, maybe not. But he’s a make-the-first-guy-miss type that reminds us of former Husker Jamal Turner. Quick. Wiry. Can get deep. Could play early.

The odd recruitment journey turns in Nebraska’s favor. Bell committed to Michigan State in June, then continued to get scholarship offers from SEC schools. He dumped MSU in August, took an unofficial visit to Georgia, then an official to Kentucky, and now Nebraska. The story seems a little similar to 2023 Husker signees Ethan Nation and Rahmir Stewart — who we like, but seemed to have a few SEC teams cool — and, ultimately, doesn’t matter a ton. But recruiting vets tend to take note. Some of these situations turn out great for NU — Alfonzo Dennard, Chris Jones, Maliek Collins, Collin Miller and Cam Taylor-Britt come to mind. Some don’t.

When offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield said Nebraska needed receivers, he believed it. Since that Jan. 6 press conference, NU has added a transfer (Billy Kemp), received back two surprise returnees (Zavier Betts and Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda) and worked several remaining recruits in the 2023 class. Nebraska did, indeed, need wideouts — several. It’s notable to see a coach double down on the rhetoric, though.

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