While commitment no. 9 was a total surprise on this end, the most recent commitment in the 2009 class was probably the worst kept secret. Alas, it’s now basically official: Bucknuts is reporting Dorian Bell will commit on Monday.
Granted, Bell will have to formally make this announcement and stick with it until signing day, but Dorian Bell — linebacker/rush end from Gateway HS in Monroeville, PA — has been unofficially a Buckeye for some time now. Indeed, as I noted earlier, Dorian Bell was less concerned with where he was going and more concerned with getting a teammate of his an offer to Ohio State. I’m a little in the dark as to why specifically he became such a Buckeye lean, but I do know he loved his unofficial visit in February. Where he did volunteer information about other schools, he would offer some contrarian viewpoints on them but say nothing but positive things about Ohio State. Depth chart seemed appealing to him since all 3 starting linebackers will be graduating. Where the Buckeyes bring in Sweat, Sabino, Klein and Whiting (Homan may be a FB), he apparently saw no issue.
Whatever the case, Bell was sold early. As one observer noted in a conversation at the Spring Game between Storm Klein (a current Buckeye commit) and Bell after the Spring Game:
Storm Klein: “So how many schools are you looking at on your list?”
Dorian Bell: “None.”
For anyone unfamiliar with the Dorian Bell story, I think you can infer much of it from this highlight clip on the YouTubes. Simply put, Dorian Bell was manufactured in a Pennsylvania factory by a team of the state’s finest engineers whose task was to create a machine built solely for TFLs.