Hunter's Commitment Impacts Bell

Josh Hunter's verbal commitment clearly improves North Carolina's chances with another Charlotte area prospect: Hawatha Bell, a 6-foot-1, 228-pound linebacker from Matthews (N.C.) Butler.

"That's my cousin," Bell said. "Going to a college where you have a family member that goes there also, it can't get any better. When you get up there, you're already real close to somebody."

Additionally, UNC's roster includes two former teammates of Bell's: sophomore tailback Ryan Houston and sophomore offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll.

"If it happens that I end up going [to UNC], then Ryan can show me the ropes," Bell said. "He really looked out for me when he was at Butler."

Regardless, Bell isn't any closer to making his collegiate decision.

"As of right now, I'm going to put everything up and take my official visits to Illinois, Michigan, and I know one is going to be UNC, but I don't know what the fourth one is going to be."

Due to time constraints – Bell wants to decide by the end of the season and take all of his official visits during the season – Bell believes he'll only be able to take four of his five allotted official visits.

Bell said he is considering NC State and South Carolina for the fourth and final official visit.

Heading into his official visit schedule, Bell says he has a clear-cut leader and has noted that he thinks he knows what school he wants to choose. However, he won't identify which school that is, as he plans to keep his thoughts under wraps until after taking his official visits.

"I want to keep everything a secret," Bell said. "I want to keep everyone guessing."

With Bell leading a defense that has keep opponents on average under two touchdowns per game, Butler is undefeated with a 6-0 record. Bell said he is aiming to claim Butler's career sack record. He has five sacks on the year.

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