"I kind of liked Colorado a little bit more actually," Bell said. "I think I would fit in there a lot more. The coaches are nice. The players I spoke to are nice. I had fun up there.
Bell visited both schools in the summer of 2008 when he attended camp at CSU, where his former high school coach Darrell Ballard is a graduate assistant.
Bell's father, Richard Bell, played wingback at Nebraska (1985-89). Bell said he has family in Nebraska and has made many trips there during summers while growing up. He is well aware of the rivalry between CU and the Cornhuskers and he has no problem with the idea of joining the black-and-gold side.
"I like the tradition and playing in the Big 12," Bell said.
His father will play a big part in helping Bell decide where to go to school. Bell said how he fits into a program and the potential for early playing time will factor heavily into his decision. Secondary coach Greg Brown and linebackers coach Brian Cabral are the primary coaches Bell said he hears from at CU.
"It's going to be a hard decision," he said. "So I might take my time and wait a little longer.
Bell said he plans to visit both schools again this fall, probably in September and October. He said he hasn't scheduled the visits yet.
Utah, Utah State, Boise State, Washington and Washington State are also recruiting him but have not offered. He said it is difficult to take the programs that haven't offered as seriously as those that have.
"I like the coaches," he said. "The coaches treated us really well when I went up there. The stadium was nice. I liked that, and coach (Tim) Duffie is nice. He knows what he's talking about. He's a good DB coach and I enjoyed being coached by him.
Bell, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, said he made 38 tackles and two interceptions last fall during his junior season. He also carried the ball 59 times as a running back on offense for approximately 570 yards.
He also runs the 100 and 300 hurdles in track and would like to compete in track at the college level as well. He said he regularly runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.
Bell is preparing for a season that is approaching quickly. His season opener arrives Sept. 3. He had a short summer, getting out of school in June and returning to classes Aug. 10. Fall camp begins this week and Bell is eager for pads to be issued Wednesday.