Rarely can one call a 78-0 loss during an official visit “great,” but that was the case Sunday after four-star outside linebacker Markquese Bell returned home from Rutgers.
Bell knew the rebuilding process going into his Rutgers visit, so he instead focused on the product off the field.
“It really was a great visit,” Bell said. “I got to spend time some time with the guys and see how they feel about the school. I got to talk to all of the different coaches while I was there.”
More importantly, Bell visited with his grandmother for the first time. She liked the school and the proximity to home, Bell said.
“She really liked it,” Bell said. “She had a lot of good things to say about it. She liked all of the coaches that we talked to and talked to her. That's all she really told me. [Her opinion] is pretty important. She wants me to make my own decision at the end of this.”
Bell, also considering Michigan, said the blowout did not negatively affect his feelings toward Rutgers.
“I knew they were rebuilding and things aren't going the way they were planning to. Right now my school is in the same position in high school. We're rebuilding too and you just keep fighting.”
Cornerback Isaiah Wharton hosted Bell on his official visit, and he also spoke with fellow South Jersey standout Ahmir Mitchell.
“Isaiah told me don't let the scoreboard change the school' and that they're rebuilding,” Bell said. “... It was good to talk to Ahmir. He said to come to the school and talked about how we can change it if all of the guys in Jersey stay.”