Bell was out in Southern California in June, visiting the area (he has family in Riverside, including his father) and UCLA. He attended the first day of UCLA's camp, spending time with UCLA running back coach Eric Bieniemy. He said, "I enjoyed the camp. Coach Bieniemy was my position coach at the camp, and he taught me a lot. I know the man played at many levels, and that's my goal, so I listened to what he said."
After spending some more time visiting the area, Bell ventured back to Westwood a few days later for an unofficial visit, and came away even more impressed. "All of the new facilities they are building, a lot of new stuff, the new improved locker room and weight room, its great. They should be ready real soon. I spent some time with Coach Dorrell. I like him a lot. He's real cool. He is bringing in a lot of good people, coaches and players. He'll do real well."
Bell, when he was very young, lived in Southern California, but now is a Southern boy at heart. However, the Bruins are in his top three. "I would say UCLA, NC State and Virginia Tech."
As for the knee, Bell is itching to get back on the field where he can go full-speed and test the knee in competition. "Right now I would say its about 80%. It's feeling pretty good, but I want to be at 100% so I can show what I can do."
Bell had initially set a date of October 28th (his birthday) of when he wanted to make his decision. Now, he says it will be whenever it feels right, but expects it to be done around the same time. "I want to graduate early so I can enroll and be a part of spring ball."
Bell has a 2.5 GPA and will take his ACT.