Pa. LB Impressed by UNC Visit

One of the nation's top linebackers, Dorian Bell, traveled to Chapel Hill Saturday to attend North Carolina's Junior Day.

"It went great," Bell said. "The coaches were great, Butch Davis was a funny guy, and I like how they're building new stuff. It would be a great place to go."

Bell, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, made the voyage with his teammate at Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, Corey Brown, a four-star wide receiver.

"Me and Corey, we really wanted to see a basketball game at North Carolina," Bell said. "The coaches told us they have great facilities down there and they were building more stuff. We just wanted to see how it was down there."

Brown and Bell plan to take all of their visits together and Bell said are likely to select the same college.

In addition to watching UNC rout Virginia Tech in basketball, Bell met some of the players and toured the campus with an emphasis on the football facilities. UNC freshman Mike Dykes, a Pittsburgh native, was his host.

Bell, who is being recruited as an outside linebacker, got a chance to speak one-on-one with Tommy Thigpen, UNC's linebacker coach.

"He's a great guy," Bell said. "He just talked to me about reading and how linebacker is all about the angle."

While he doesn't claim any favorites, UNC is in a very good shape to make his list of favorites following Saturday's stay.

"It's a great school," Bell said. "They're definitely going to be on my top list. It's a good school to go to. I'm going to consider them really hard."

UNC is among the plethora of schools that have extended Bell a scholarship offer. Other schools that have offered include Alabama, Boston College, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.

As a junior, Bell led Gateway with 131 tackles, including 25 for loss, 11 sacks, nine pass breakups and one interception. He was named to the Fabulous 22 team by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Terrific 25 by the Tribune-Review.

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