Bell Becoming Familiar with UNC

Corey Bell's lack of familiarity has worked against North Carolina with the 2015 prospect. A game visit a couple of weekends ago was a major step in the right direction.

"It helped me as far as comparing," Bell said. "Now I've been to all three schools (Duke, North Carolina, and NC State) at least for one game. So I can actually compare the fan bases and which games have better atmospheres."

Bell, a 5-foot-9, 159-pound cornerback from Cornelius (N.C.) Hough, attended UNC's most recent home game, a loss to East Carolina.

"The visit was good," Bell said. "It would have been nice to see them win the game. The defense could definitely use some work.

"We were running a little late, so we didn't get to talk to the coaches as much as we had wanted to. I got to say ‘Hey' to Coach [Gunter] Brewer and I saw Coach [Dan] Disch, but it was too close to game time. "

While he was unable spend much time with the coaches, Bell was able to absorb the atmosphere of Kenan Stadium.

"Their game day atmosphere is actually pretty good," Bell said. "I felt like they had a lot of fan support, compared to Duke. The stadium is pretty big and it was actually pretty packed. They had a lot of fans and they had a lot of pregame rituals."

The limited time with UNC's coaches during his stay won't necessarily harm UNC since Bell calls both Brewer and Disch every Tuesday night.

"Coach Disch is kind of an old fashioned kind of guy. He's not going to bug you every single day, but he's going to have a good conversation with you once a week to check in and see how you're doing, tell you he wants you to come up for a game, and tell you that he wants you."

In fact, UNC's coaching staff has made a major impact on Bell.

"I really like the coaches – I've learned that from the past two camps," Bell said. "I can tell they're really competitive. They're going to win games. Coach Fedora has a real desire to win. It's not happening right now, but they're not going to do anything but get better from here."

Bell says he likes the three in-state schools – Duke, UNC, and NC State—equally. He anticipates having a favorite after the football season.

Proximity will play a major role within Bell's final collegiate decision.

"There are a couple of schools here and there that I like where if they offered could overcome not being close to home," Bell said.

One such school is Michigan State, where his father played.

Although schools like Southern Cal and Wake Forest have begun to amp up their pursuit of Bell, he plans to only visit the schools that have offered him a scholarship, which means Duke, UNC, and NC State.

Bell attended Duke's home opener against NC Central, followed by its ACC opener against Pitt. He hasn't attended a game at NC State this season, but that will change this Saturday when he travels to Raleigh for the Syracuse game. Bell also plans to be on hand for Duke vs. NC State in Durham, NC State vs. UNC in Raleigh, and UNC vs. Duke in Chapel Hill.

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