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2017 ATH Markquese Bell Visits Rutgers, Offered by North Carolina

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BRIDGETON, N.J. – After six weeks of football, the Bridgeton Bulldogs are ranked as the No. 82 team in the state of New Jersey by MaxPreps. Junior athlete Markquese Bell is not satisfied with how the 2015 campaign has played out so far, however, and has grown to expect perfection from himself and teammates alike.

“It’s been a little up and down,” Bell told Today’s U. “We started off slow. It’s going okay. I think it could be better.”

Standing at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, Bell has 30 catches for 320 yards and six receiving touchdowns on offense. On defense, he’s responsible for numerous tackles and pass breakups from the safety position.

“I’m very physical,” Bell said. “I like to go after people. On offense I just like to get the ball and make something happen.”

Bell, who is listed as a 3-star prospect and the No. 41 junior athlete by 247Sports.com, says most schools project him as an athlete and will see how he continues to develop. He touched on the recruiting process and listed two schools that reach out the most so far.

“It’s going good. Rutgers and the Michigan coach, he hits me up on Twitter once in a while. That’s really it,” Bell said.

At this point, Bell holds offers from Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Rutgers and Temple. It is unclear at which position—or which school, for that matter—Bell will play at. The most recent school to enter the mix with an offer is the Tar Heels.

“I found out because after practice my coach gave me the coaches number and told me to call him,” Bell said. “I called him and over the phone he said he thinks I have a spot at their school. I was shocked. I didn’t know that’s what he wanted me to call him for. I thought he just wanted to talk to me to find out some information.”

Because it is early in the recruiting process with roughly a year and a half until National Signing Day for the 2017 class, Bell is relatively unfamiliar with his options at this time.

“I don’t really know anything about any of the schools that have offered me,” Bell said.

In attempt to help gather information on these schools, Bell scheduled an unofficial visit to Rutgers when the Scarlet Knight hosted conference foe, Michigan State, on October 10th. Rutgers gave the Spartans a lot to handle, but Michigan State eventually prevailed with a 31-24 win on the road.

“I have visited Rutgers for the game against Michigan State,” Bell said. “It was good. I got the chance to meet some more of the coaches, players and other recruits that were there.”

While on the Rutgers campus, Bell had an opportunity to meet with a couple members of the Scarlet Knight coaching staff despite the busy game day environment.

“I talked to the receivers coach [Anthony Campanile] and my recruiting coach for this area, coach [Phil Gailano],” Bell said. “It was good.”

Look for Bell to continue to add offers as he develops as a prospect capable of filling roles on each side of the ball.

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