Positive football news, we've missed you. Leveon Bell committed to MSU's 2010 recruiting class on Monday, bringing the total number of recruits to 16. Bell is a 6'2", 220 lb. running back out of Groveport Madison High in Ohio, which is also the high school of former Spartan/current Jets safety Eric Smith. Here's how the recruiting services rank him:
RIVALS: 2*, 5.3 rating
ESPN: Grade of 68
Yes, they're all two star ratings, but Bell's put up the stats to match, rushing for over 1,300 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns this season. Also, with the dismissals of Jenrette and Winston, two new scholarships have been freed, not to mention the two that were vacated earlier in the season when Caulton Ray and Andre Anderson decided to transfer. Looking at his size, I think the assumption is Bell will be a Jehuu Caulcrick-type back - one that isn't the fastest, but is sent in near the goal line to ram his way through the defensive line.
One more benefit of Bell - he'll enroll in January, along with Joe Boisture, Max Bullough, and Nick Hill. Hopefully he can redshirt, but depending on the punishment that might be handed out to Ashton Leggett after the bowl game, he might be pressed into service to start the 2010 season.