South Jersey MLB Bell Planning Spring

Oakcrest (Mays Landing, N.J.) middle linebacker Brandon Bell is up to eight verbal scholarship offers as he approaches the spring evaluation period. Bell is in the process of planning visits and discussed his recruiting plans after most recently picking up an offer from Syracuse.

Oakcrest (Mays Landing, N.J.) junior Brandon Bell is uncertain of his plans when it comes to making visits, cutting lists and picking a college, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder knows one thing for certain.

He will be a Division I linebacker.

"Every college I've talked to sees me as a straight MIKE middle linebacker," Bell said. "That's where I'll play. That's where I'm most comfortable."

Bell is a successful running back at Oakcrest, but expects to stick as a defender in college.

"That's where I'm most comfortable and stuff like that," Bell said. "I like hitting. I like going against the run. I'm a middle linebacker."

Bell has no plans set in stone for the spring, but will take multiple visits before the end of his junior season. West Virginia, Maryland and Penn State are the new schools he is most immediately interested in visiting he said.

"There will be more in the next month or two, but nothing is set in stone," Bell said.

Bell has been to Rutgers multiple times and received a verbal scholarship offer from coach Kyle Flood last month while visiting with friend and fellow top prospect Damon Mitchell.

Bell said another return trip to Rutgers is also in the works.

"I'll definitely be going back there soon," Bell said. "It's not something I have to plan as much with Rutgers. It's a lot easier to get to than some other schools."

After the initial shock of losing head coach Greg Schiano and recruiting coach Phil Galiano earlier this year, Bell said he is getting more comfortable with Flood and his staff.

"We talk a good amount, not a lot," Bell said. "I talk to [defensive line coach Jim Panagos] about everything that's going on up there."

Panagos, who came from UCF, now plays a heavy role in recruiting the top players in South Jersey for Rutgers.

"He's a good guy," Bell said. "He's great for Rutgers. He recruited me at Central Florida before he made the switch. He switched over and I like him.

"When I went to Rutgers [last month], I met (linebackers) coach Dave Cohen and I liked him."


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