Rutgers had a four-star athlete on its campus Tuesday, and Bridgeton (N.J.) 2017 Markquese Bell enjoyed another on-campus experience with the Scarlet Knights.
Bell returned with 7-on-7 teammates and friends for a spring practice.
“I spent a lot more time with the coaches than I did at Junior Day or a game,” Bell said. “It’s pretty much the same [experience] every time. It was a lot of fun. They [told me] they need guys like me from Jersey to stay home and bring the team back to where it should be. They could be one of the top teams in the country if everyone does that.”
Rutgers cornerbacks coach, who played for Chris Ash at Wisconsin, connected with Bell on the visit.
“He’s a great coach, but I’d say he’s a better person,” Bell said. “He talks to me about a lot of personal stuff. We talk about my grandma and my grades and he just cares about me as a person.”
The Rutgers coaches expressed strong interest in a spring commitment from Bell.
“They said to choose where I feel is best for me, but they’re trying to persuade me about staying home and how it would be the best option for me,” Bell said. “Practice was really intense and they were flying around. They need some help on D, and they talked to me about that.”
Bell released a top 10 earlier this week. In a perfect world, his decision would not come until National Signing Day.
“I’ve decided that I’m going to wait until Signing Day if I can,” he said. “I want to be able to take my all five of my official visits to make the best decision I can.”
“I’m really excited,” Bell said. “It’s my first time going there and I’ve heard so much about it.”