Bell to Watch Favorites Battle

When Lester Bell travels to Chapel Hill this weekend, he won't only be soaking in the game time atmosphere of Kenan Stadium; the 5-foot-11 160-pound cornerback from Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville will be observing two of his three favorites battling it out for an ACC victory.

"I've pretty much narrowed it down to about three colleges, right now, that would be UNC, East Carolina, and Virginia Tech," said Bell.

Bell's positive feelings for the Tar Heels start with a family connection, but certainly don't end there.

"My uncle, Larry Griffin, he graduated from there and went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers," said Bell. "I have family in the area and it's only three hours from my house. I really like the coaches – Coach [Danny] Pearman, the DB coach, [and] Coach [John] Bunting. And I really like the atmosphere there."

Although it's been a while since Bell has added a name to his scholarship offers list, a new program is interested.

"Notre Dame actually talked to my head coach last night," said Bell. "He asked about me. I think they're supposed to come down to watch my game Friday."

Bell does hold solid offers from East Carolina, Wake Forest, Kent State, Akron, Middle Tennessee, and Bowling Green, while North Carolina verbally offered following their team camp in July.

"It's verbal," said Bell. "They're waiting to clear some of my grades, but right now it's just a verbal [oferr]."

If that offer turns into a solid paper tender, the Tar Heels' could be adding a new recruit to their commitment list.

"As soon as they clear everything up academically [and offer me], I think I'll be wanting to commit there," said Bell. "I would put UNC as my leader, but it's hard because I really enjoyed my time at East Carolina when I went there for their individual camp."

Bell keeps in contact with his primary recruiter, Coach Pearman, daily.

"[I talk to him] on a day-to-day basis," said Bell. "Really, I talk to him through text messages more than anything, but on the weekends we talk. We talk just about every weekend."

Despite Bell catching three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns, Kempsville lost their season opener last Friday to Virginia Beach (Va.) Oceanside.

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