Bell Works Out Individually at Team Camp

After schedule conflicts forced him to miss both individual rising senior camps, Lester Bell worked out for North Carolina coaches during their team camp held over the weekend.

"I was supposed to go down to the individual camp, but I couldn't make it because we were at team camp at North Carolina State," said Bell. "[Coach Danny Pearman] called me and told me he wanted me to come down to their team camp by myself and I could work out with their defensive back coach one-on-one.

"It was me and maybe about two or three other guys with Coach [Marvin Sanders] and another DB coach."

Bell, a 5-foot-11 160-pound athlete from Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville, worked out as a cornerback for Sanders.

"He liked me a lot, I liked him a lot, we had real good chemistry down there," said Bell. "I got to see how his d-backs workout, I went through a few of his drills. I had a good time down there."

Sanders saw a lot of potential in Bell during his workout.

"He liked my speed a lot – I ran a 4.52 when I was down there," said Bell. "He said, he liked my backpedal where I can turnover my hips.

"And a few things he wanted me to work on was just staying low in my backpedal for a longer time. He told me the longer I can stay in my backpedal before I turn over, the better. I can use my backpedal to control the receiver before I can actually turn and open up."

Before leaving Chapel Hill, Bell was extended a verbal scholarship offer from UNC contingent on Bell bettering his grade point average.

"Actually I have an offer on the table from UNC," said Bell. "I just have to get my grades together. It's verbal until we get the grades squared away. That's what we're doing all this week. I just sent them my transcript today. As soon as we get that all squared away, the written offer should be coming."

Bell, who also holds a verbal offer from Virginia Tech, possesses solid paper offers from Akron, East Carolina, Kent State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.

With three schools standing in the forefront, Bell could be prepared to make a verbal commitment as early as a month from now.

"I might be committing before the summer is out, definitely by the end of the season," said Bell. "I really have my mind squared away to three colleges – Virginia Tech, UNC, and East Carolina."

Bell's feelings for UNC start with the family connection, but continue with what he experienced during his Chapel Hill stay over the weekend.

"I love the Tar Heels," said Bell. "My uncle, Larry Griffin, he played for the Tar Heels, [and then] he went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He stays in the Charlotte area now. I like the campus – I had a whole campus tour when I was there. I really like it. I would really love to play my four years for North Carolina."

East Carolina's camp is the only other camp Bell has attended this summer.

During his junior season, Bell played both wide receiver and cornerback, where he recorded two interceptions and over 45 tackles.

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