Bell Ready to Enroll

North Carolina signee Hawatha Bell will arrive in Chapel Hill on August 6 and enroll for the fall semester.

"I'll be up there in time for training camp," Bell said.

Bell, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, is the last remaining signee who's expected to be a part of the team this season, but has yet to enroll. All other signees not slated for the prep, JuCo, or MLB routes enrolled in the second summer semester.

"I might as well just go ahead and put it all out there," Bell said. "I had a little situation at the end of school at my high school that delayed everything. I just got everything straightened out before I got to Chapel Hill.

"I made a stupid mistake – fighting. I got into a little altercation."

Because of his altercation, Bell had to take "agitation classes" over the summer.

"It was a long, stressful process, so I learned a lot," Bell said. "I learned more than what I would have learned [if I didn't go through it]."

Although he is close to several fellow signees – including his cousin, Josh Hunter – Bell says he has had limited contact with any of UNC's players over the summer.

"I was just trying to get my stuff straight first before I heard what I was missing," Bell said.

Bell did keep in constant contact with Joe Haydon, UNC's Director of Operations, and Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator. Bell said both were supportive and refrained from talking about football.

Bell's enrollment delay will put him a little behind the other freshmen in regards to adjusting to college life and preparing for the coming season, but he doesn't see that as an obstacle.

"I'm not even worried about [being behind]," Bell said. "I'm just going to go up there and do what I need to do. … I don't care how long they've been up there exercising and working out. I've been doing the same thing when I was trying to get all my stuff straightened out. So I'm not worried about it."

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