It didn't take long for Mike Bianco to address his team's biggest need this off-season. The Rebels got a big lift on the pitching staff after they received a commitment from right-handed pitcher Korey Bell. And I do mean a big lift: Mr. Bell is in fact very large as he stands 6'5 and 240-pounds. He's a native of Brentwood, Tenn. and attends Brentwood High School just outside Nashville. Bell is also a member of the Knights Baseball 17-under Elite travel team and was a Perfect Game 2015 Underclass High Honorable Mention this past season.
As Rivals.com's Chase Parham reported on Twitter, Bell possesses a fastball that can reach speeds of 94 MPH. With this in his repertoire, it's no surprise that he has been a key cog for the Brentwood Bruins baseball team since his sophomore year. He posted a 2-3 record with a 3.73 earned run average and 33 strikeouts in 20.3 innings as a junior. The low innings were due to some tenderness during the regular season, but he has been throwing a lot more in the summer for the Knights.
Bell is already familiar with the Ole Miss program since he moved to Brentwood from Madison, Miss. In addition to the Rebels, Bell had offers from Belmont, Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Tennessee Tech and West Virginia. Bianco is putting a major emphasis on pitching in the next recruiting cycle, Bell joins seven other pitchers in the 2016 class.
I want to thank God, family & friends for all the support. So blessed to say the I am committed to play at Ole Miss!! pic.twitter.com/X8mtF7GZ89
— Korey Bell (@KB_Baseball10) June 26, 2015