Bell Has Best Visit Yet

North Carolina's Junior Day, which was held in conjunction with the basketball team's bout with Duke, didn't fail to impress Corey Bell, who lists both schools as his co-leaders.

"It was my best visit yet," Bell said. "It was fun with everything else – all the extra stuff that they did as far as the [Carolina] Blue carpet, the little movie theater.

"When we went into the locker room, they had it all set up like we were getting ready for a game. When we got to the [players'] lounge, they had the magazine covers with us on it and we had to put our signatures on it.

"There was a lot extra, but I liked it because I've never done so many things with a visit before – that's what made it so much fun."

After the junior day activities, Bell, a 5-foot-9, 168-pound cornerback from Cornelius (N.C.) Hough, and the rest of the visitors enjoyed the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry. The latest chapter ended with an exciting Tar Heel comeback.

"The game was entertaining," Bell said. "It was crazy that we got tickets to the biggest game of the year. For it to be only my second college basketball game, it was cool to see that. When we stormed the court that was a lot of fun – probably took that visit to a new level. I had never done anything like that. That was probably my favorite part of the visit."

Bell's time on campus was split evenly with Gunter Brewer, his primary recruiter, and Dan Disch, UNC's cornerbacks coach.

"They talked about the same things – like how the family is doing," Bell said. "But Disch talked about getting me down so I could actually sit and go to practice and talk football."

The visit did nothing but improve UNC's chances with Bell.

"It made me feel like I would really enjoy going there for four years," Bell said. "I think I'm still 50-50 on Duke and Carolina, but, man, I can't really say anything bad about North Carolina. It was great."

Bell plans to make a verbal commitment before his junior year ends in the middle of June. His main focus is Duke and UNC, but he will make a visit to Virginia Tech, which offered a scholarship a week ago. Bell also figures to return to UNC for a spring practice where he'll spend a night in Chapel Hill, but a specific date hasn't been determined. He's in the process of scheduling a similar trip to Duke.

In addition to Duke, UNC, and Virginia Tech, Bell has received a scholarship offer from NC State.

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