The Latest with Four-star Markquese Bell and Rutgers

PITMAN, N.J. -- Four-star Bridgeton (N.J.) athlete Markquese Bell spoke with Scarlet Report about a significant step in the recruiting process and which schools are after him the hardest during spring evaluation.

A major recruit step could come soon for Markquese Bell when it comes to where Rutgers stands. Bell, a four-star athlete out of Bridgeton (N.J.) hopes to have his grandmother with him for the next visit to campus.

Bell describes himself as very close to his grandmother, and it would be her first visit to see Rutgers.
"They want to get me and my grandma to see the school together very soon," Bell said. "I don't know exactly when. She talks to a few coaches from time to time, that's what I really want her to see is the schools. ... She's my world. Her opinion is important."

It's a lot of fun competing with great players and also just cracking jokes and having fun. I love these guys. ... [Wormley] is talking to me every minute about Rutgers, so it's cool."

Bell is also friends with wide receiver commit Bo Melton and cornerback commit Naijee Jones. Both are the top prospects at their respective positions in the New Jersey 2017 class.

"I like, with Rutgers, that the coaches with coach [Aaron] Henry and [coach Chris Ash], they make me feel loved when I go up there," Bell said. "They make me feel like I'm at home every time I come on campus."

Rutgers is often in the conversation for Bell, who said that Michigan, Florida and Clemson are also recruiting him the hardest. 

"I had a great visit to Michigan earlier this spring," Bell said. "It was good seeing the guys up there and the coaches. They have a lot of Jersey guys. I played against Ahmir Mitchell, and I went up with Ron [Johnson], Brad [Hawkins] and Cesar [Ruiz]."

Bell wants to take visits this summer, but said his focus is on 7-on-7 and track until the end of the school year. He set a county triple-jump record this week with a 45 ft 5 in score.

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