"College coaches like him because of his size," Independence coach Dave Ward said. "He's a 6-2 corner that has the hips and athleticism of a 5-9 guy. And he's a 10.52 100-meter kid. He does have plenty of speed and he's a heck of a return man."
Though he has interest from several programs, three schools currently lead the way for Bell's signature in February.
"He hasn't narrowed his list completely, but he likes Ole Miss, Louisville and Nebraska," Ward said. "I think those three are at the top of his list right now. He's just starting to get into the thick of things with his recruiting."
Bell has already made an official visit to East Carolina. "He has ties to East Carolina," Ward explained. Bell will visit Louisville Dec. 2, and Ole Miss Dec. 8. "He's also working out a visit date with Nebraska," Ward said. Kansas State, Kansas, Colorado and TCU are trying to get Bell's final visit.
"I would say the two schools that are recruiting him the hardest through me are Ole Miss and Nebraska," Ward said. "I also think Louisville is really high up there with him because they have a lot of kids from Tallahassee and he knows a lot of those kids."
A graduate of Tallahassee Rickards, the same school that produced current Louisville players William Gay, Kolby Smith and Jonathan Holston, Bell will consider three key factors before making a decision.
"He's looking for a place he can play immediately," Ward said. "He also wants to find a place where their players have an opportunity to go to the NFL and a place where he really feels wanted."
Bell, who has intercepted four passes, returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown and has averaged 30 yards per kick-off return this season, will graduate in the spring and will have three years to play three.
"He has unbelievable upside," Ward said. "He's more of a cover corner. He will be physical but he's a true cover corner."