Bell's prophecy proved true for Tomlin, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound linebacker from Marietta (Ga.), who was making his first visit to UNC.
"It went great," Tomlin said. "It's a really good academic school and it has a good football program. And I'm interested in them."
After their conversation, Bell escorted Tomlin to Larry Fedora's office for a meeting with UNC's head man.
"He just basically told me that after the first six plays of my highlight tape they automatically decided they were going to offer me," Tomlin said. "He just said they wanted me there and how I can come in as a freshman and play because they are looking for linebackers that could play right now. He said I fit that status."
That highlight tape showed a glimpse of Tomlin's junior season, where he accumulated 128 tackles, including 21 for a loss, three interceptions, and four forced fumbles.
That UNC offer was Tomlin's first. Since then Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, and Tennessee have offered.
Tomlin's stay also included lunch, a campus visit, and a brief conversation with Ron West, UNC's newly hired linebackers coach. More or less, West reiterated Fedora's message.
Outside of UNC, the only other school Tomlin has visited is Tennessee. He plans to return to the Tar Heel State on March 23 for Wake Forest's Junior Day.
"Maybe this summer I'll visit the other schools [to have offered], because I have school and they are so far away," Tomlin said.
The lack of recruiting trips has contributed to Tomlin's inability to name favorite schools.
"I don't really have any schools sticking out," Tomlin said. "I just like all the schools I've been to."