TULANE: Begins his first playing season.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Did not play; received a red-shirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A five-year letterman at Salisbury School where he saw time at center and nose guard for coach Chris Adamson... rated the No. 22 prep center by ESPN.com and No. 30 by Scout.com, and is the No. 9 rated prospect in Connecticut according to Rivals.com... named All-Northeast by Superprep Magazine... a two-time all-league selection and a three-year, two-way starter... as a senior, tallied 43 tackles while earning first-team All-New England and All-Erickson League honors... posted 83 tackles as a junior, including 15 for loss and four sacks, and recovered three fumbles in helping the Knights go undefeated and win the New England Championship... also lettered in wrestling where he finished sixth in New England as a senior.
PERSONAL: Undecided on a major... born Richard Arthur Bell on July 17, 1988, in Melrose, Mass... one of four children of Richard and Melissa Bell... father, Richard, was an All-America football player at the University of Rhode Island and had stints in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Diego Chargers... brother, Brock, played college football at Princeton.