Hectic Weekend for Bell

Corey Bell and a few of his Cornelius (N.C.) Hough teammates got up early on Saturday to embark on a fairly hectic weekend.

First stop for Bell was Washington (N.C.) High School for the Shrine Bowl Combine. The 5-foot-9, 168-pound cornerback wanted to attend one of the earlier Shrine Bowl Combines, which were held much closer to his home, but his track season prevented it.

"I was fun," Bell sad. "It was different than the camps I'm used to going to. We really do combine [drills], like 40, broad jump, shuttle, bench – things like that. I ended up running a 4.33 [40-yard dash], that was the fastest time I ran, yet. So I was pretty happy about that."

After his performance, Bell feels his chances of making the Shrine Bowl team are pretty good.

"Out of all the people that have participated in the Shrine Bowl [Combines], I think I was tied for the fastest time," Bell said. "I'm not saying that should get me in, but I feel like that should help me stick out.

"The [Shrine Bowl] coaches just told me to make sure to send in my highlights of my first few games to the head coach and they'll get back to me, I guess when they make the roster cuts."

After the Shrine Bowl Combine concluded, Bell and company headed directly for Chapel Hill. They arrived at UNC's practice field as Saturday's camp was concluding.

"The plan was to see our teammates Marquill Osborne and Christian Young," Bell said. "We got there just in time for Marquill to be offered. Me, Marquill, and Carl Tucker paid UNC to stay the night [on campus]."

Osborne is the latest Hough defensive back to land an FBS scholarship offer, joining Bell, South Carolina pledge Mark Fields, and Clemson pledge Van Smith.

"It's cool, because our whole starting four has Division I offers," Bell said. "We have another guy, Anthony Sherrill, he's getting a hard look from App State. So we're about to have about five guys being highly recruited. It's going to be fun playing with a bunch of guys that are really talented. We know every week and every seven-on-seven, people are out to get us and they're looking for chinks in our armor."

UNC is the second school to offer Osborne (Duke also offered recently). Bell says that he doesn't plan on recruiting Osborne for UNC – at least at first.

"We're not going to push it on Marquill," Bell said. "We're just going to let him do what he wants and have him enjoy the process, because when I was getting my offers a year ago I had no idea what was going to happen. A year ago, I thought I was going to NC State. It's crazy how it flips so much and changes. I don't know who he likes right now, but a year from now it will probably be totally different."

During previous visits to UNC, Bell saw the academic and athletic side of UNC. Saturday night was the first time he truly got to be immersed in the social life of the school.

"It was summer so not a lot of people were there, but it was still fun," Bell said.

Bell primary hung out with sophomore receiver Bug Howard.

"He was showing us where to go," Bell said. "They have iPads with practice film and he was showing us that.

"He talked about how the game changes. He said the talent level is a little bit better, but it's mostly just the speed of the game. He showed us what the receivers like to do when they're running their routes to get open."

Bell had hoped to return to UNC for Fedora's Freak Show later this month. Unfortunately, his seven-on-seven schedule will prevent him from attending.

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