The 2019 cornerback was taken aback by the life-changing news from coach Lovie Smith and the Illini, but understands the best has yet to come with dozens of colleges expected to swing by his school over the next couple of weeks.
"Getting my first offer was really exciting," Bell said. "All of my hard work and dedication is starting to get noticed. Now I just have to keep working and stay focused because I know there will be more to come in the future."
Bell needs to familiarize himself with what Illinois has to offer, but it does not get much better than having your first offer come from a Power Five school that reeled in St. Thomas Aquinas talent in the past.
"If I can be completely honest, I really don't know a lot about Illinois," Bell said. "I do know that they have a great head coach and great defensive backs coach (Donnie Abraham).
Bell is a technically-sound cornerback who flashes that quick twitch when reacting at the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound sophomore is pesky and does a good job of staying in the receiver's back pocket, but does not shy away from mixing it up with physicality as well.
Not only does Bell show no problem flipping his hips to run down the field with receivers, but he also swings his head around in order to make a play on the ball.
"I think I'm one of the best cover corners," Bell said. "I have great speed and good patience with receivers. I'm still working on getting more and more aggressive all-around.
"I feel like I have good ball skills and am sharpening them every day."
Bell has no visits or camps scheduled at this time.