Dorian Bell Joins Duquesne Football Team
Aug. 27, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head football coach Jerry Schmitt announced today that Ohio State transfer Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway), who enrolled in the University last week, has begun practicing with the team.
The 6-1, 225-pound linebacker's playing status is to be determined pending the outcome of the ongoing eligibility reinstatement process that Duquesne has initiated with the NCAA.
Bell is currently ineligible for violation of an NCAA regulation that occurred while he was a student-athlete at Ohio State.
"We look forward to having Dorian as a member of our football team," said Schmitt. "I know it means a lot for him to be able play college football in his hometown. He will continue to practice with the team and continue his assimilation in the classroom as we await the outcome of the reinstatement process."
Rated as a five-star recruit by rivals.com as a senior at nearby Gateway High School, Bell redshirted for OSU's 2009 Rose Bowl and Big Ten championship team. He had nine tackles in eight games as a back-up linebacker last season.
Bell totaled 113 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and seven sacks, as a senior at Gateway in suburban Pittsburgh. He also rushed for 860 yards and 16 TDs. He participated in the U.S. Army All-American game as well as the Hawaii-US Mainland all-star game. Tabbed as the No. 33 overall recruit in the nation by rivals.com, Bell was also the third-ranked outside linebacker prospect in the U.S. by the same recruiting service.
"I am grateful to have this opportunity," said Bell. "Both my mother and aunt attended Duquesne, so I am very familiar with the school and its academic reputation. Coach Schmitt has made it clear what he expects from me both on and off the football field. I plan to work hard to help this team continue to improve."
The Pittsburgh native is the fourth BCS transfer to join the Dukes since head coach Jerry Schmitt took over in 2005. Dave Williams and Connor Dixon, both transfers from Michigan State, finished their careers last season. Dixon transferred following the 2007 season as a quarterback, but was forced to change positions due to a shoulder injury. He was a second team All-Northeast Conference receiver last season. Williams, who transferred from MSU in 2008, earned first team All-NEC honors last season as a wide receiver. Dixon attended suburban South Park High School, while Williams - like Bell - attended Gateway.
In addition, linebacker Derron Thomas (Forestville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) played in 26 games as an undergraduate at Pitt from 2003-06 before leading the Dukes in tackles in 2007 as a grad student.
Bell is the highest profile player to transfer to DU since quarterback Tony Zimmerman came to the Bluff from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Zimmerman, who was rated as one of the top prep quarterbacks in the nation following his senior season at Penn-Trafford High School, went on to throw for 7,313 yards and 73 touchdowns while breaking 14 school records in three seasons as a starter for the Dukes from 1998-01.