RECRUITING: Chris Bell to visit UF this weekend

Norfolk (Va.) wide receiver Chris Bell (6-3, 205, 4.5) has narrowed his focus to Virginia (childhood favorite), Penn State, LSU and Florida (9/19 official visit). All have offered the five-star youngster from Granby High School, as well as numerous other big-time programs such as Miami, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Georgia, etc.

(Chris Bell profile)

"There's not a real difference between these schools yet, and it's a really close call. But if I had to pick a leader, I'd say it's Virginia," Bell said. "They're probably recruiting me the hardest. I just like the program in general. There's no real pressure to stay in-state.

"I like the coaches at Penn State, especially coach (Bill) Kenney. He's a family man who's very nice and easy to talk to. Virginia and Penn State are the only two of these schools that I've already seen.

"But I'm going to see Florida this weekend (9/16-9/18) with my parents. They set up the trip for me, but they don't have any preference for me," he said.

"I still don't know much about LSU. My dad told me they were good, though.

"I never had a childhood favorite. I grew up running track and I'll probably try to run the high hurdles in college, if I can. My best time is 13.98 (110 HH).

"I'm looking for a developing program more than a winning program," Bell said. "I'm more for the underdog, I guess you could say.

"Everything is going fine for me in recruiting. But I like being in the shadows more. I don't like all the fame being on me. But I can deal with it.

"These schools like me for my size, weight and speed. I've got all three. The thing I could improve the most on would be my upfield blocking."

Granby is 0-2 so far. "We've got a young team," he said. Bell said he's got 300 yards in total offense, with three touchdowns. His team plays Portsmouth Churchland this Friday.

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