Bell Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Visit

Oakcrest (Mays Landing, N.J.) middle linebacker Brandon Bell was back on the Rutgers campus last weekend for another unofficial visit. A top linebacker in the Garden State, Bell is up to eight verbal scholarship offers.

Oakcrest (Mays Landing, N.J.) middle linebacker Brandon Bell is familiar with the Rutgers program and coaching staff at this point, but Saturday was his first opportunity to watch a live practice.

Bell visited Rutgers and received a verbal offer during a basketball game this winter. Seeing a practice live, however, was a different experience's top middle linebacker in New Jersey.

"It was a lot of fun watching practice," Bell said. "It was the first time seeing a live practice and I learned a lot. ... It's very demanding. It's exciting to watch practice and seeing what it will be like for you."

Bell, who is being recruited strictly as a middle linebacker, said he spent the majority of practice watching linebackers coach Dave Cohen and top Big East middle linebacker Steve Beauharnais.

"It was good," Bell said. "Coach Cohen is pretty intense and making sure you do the right stuff. He'll let you know when you're doing it wrong. He wants his guys to do everything perfect."

Cohen's and defensive line coach Jim Panagos' combined intensity stood out to Bell, who is building relationships with both Rutgers assistants.

"I want coaches that are going to push me," Bell said. "I want them to make me better and not just tell me I'm doing a good job all of the time. ... It's definitely a good thing to know some people up there. It's part of why Rutgers feels like the home school. They're recruiting a lot of guys I know, a lot of guys from down here."

The visit was enjoyable, Bell said, but did not have a major effect on his feelings toward Rutgers. In Bell's recruitment, he has no leader and does not plan to have one until he takes more visits.

"I wouldn't say it changed anything, but it's definitely a home-feel at that school," Bell said. That's a good feeling. I want to visit all the schools that offered me. I'm going to look at what I like about each school."

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