Fall Preview: Hurst L.D. Bell

Fall Preview: Hurst L.D. Bell

Scout spoke with Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell head coach Mark Smith to get an early preview of the Blue Raiders' team. Here are a few quick facts to know...

Defensive lineman David Dorsett is the defending defensive player of the year in his district, and his brother, running back Daniel Dorsett, is just as talented: "They aren't twins, they are nine months apart, but their mom started them the same year. They have very different body types.

"Daniel is an all-league player returning for us. He had such a great year ago, and why I love him is because he's kind of that do everything back. He carried the ball as much as he caught the ball out of the backfield. He's very versatile. We throw it to our backs as much as we hand it off to them, and he was very good there. He's also great at pass protection. Sometimes you see a lot of backs who are only good at one of those things, but Daniel really is the whole package. He has the breakaway speed; once he gets to the perimeter, he can outrun the defense. He's very versatile.

"David played defensive end all last season. He holds offers from North Texas and Tennessee State. A lot of coaches feel like with his size and how he's growing, he may move into a three-technique and play on the inside, and I think that's accurate. He's not nearly as big as he's going to be; he's just developing and growing. He's played nothing but a five-technique here," said Smith.

C.J. Alipate is a California transfer who will turn heads on the defensive line this fall: "C.J. moved in from San Mateo (California) Argagon in April, so he's new. The time that he's been here, he's been incredible. We've had a lot of good Polynesian defensive linemen at this school since I've been here and have sent them to schools around the country. He good be as good as any of those guys. His lateral quickness is incredible for a player who is 300-pounds. He's really learning our system. He'll play defensive tackle for us; we generally play with four defensive linemen, so he'll playing over the center," said Smith.

Defensive lineman Jordan McGill is another to watch, as Smith believes he's flying under the radar: "Jordan has grown about four inches in the last six months. He's really started to mature and develop. He's playing the defensive end opposite of David. He's 6'3" right now and I think he's going to be about 6'6" when it is all said and done. He's long, rangy, strong, and physical. Not a lot of people know about him right now, but he's that guy that coaches all ask about when they see him on our field. Come Signing Day, somebody will snatch him up," he said.

There are a number of underclassmen to keep an eye on in both 2016 and 2017: "We've got several 2016 players that are going to be really good, and this 2017 class was the best group of freshman I have had since I've been down here. I've got six or seven in that class that I think could be big time prospects; four offensive linemen and some receivers. Tacorian Howard is a 6-foot-3 receiver who will start on the perimeter for us. With Ealey, it will be the first time that we've had two guys who are 6-foot-3, or taller out there that can really play.

"Christian Ealey is a 6-foot-3 receiver whose older brother is a safety at Iowa State. Football runs in his family. Brendan Wetherspoon and Tevita Ahio are both 6-foot-3 offensive lineman who are growing and developing.

"Dominique Lawson, our quarterback, is another to watch. We have him listed at both quarterback and at athlete because we run the ball with him a lot, we create space for him. Running with the ball is what he does best," said Smith.

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