Mike Bell is not a well-known prospect by many top programs but he hopes that changes after strong performances on the camp and 7on7 circuit this off-season.
The Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill safety had a strong showing at the RCS Southern California two weekends ago and he'll be in Las Vegas this weekend for the big Pylon Sports 7on7 event.
Bell believes the more he gets out the more exposure he will get and then offers could start coming in quickly.
"I've been hearing from UTEP," Bell said. "That's the only one that's looking at me really heavy right now.
"I just haven't been hitting the camps. I haven't been hitting the circuit so my name isn't really that big yet as other people. I think I have the ability to be a D1 athlete."
The 6-foot-2, 179-pound prospect wants to be as busy as possible. One day after the Rivals camp, Bell worked out at the Los Angeles Salesian 7on7 tournament. A big showing in Las Vegas this weekend could be huge for his recruitment.
"That's what I'm trying to do - I'm trying to get my name out and I'm just trying to get some stars on Rivals," Bell said. "Hopefully I can do good enough to get some offers."
The Perris Citrus Hill standout is open to all programs but would prefer to stay in the West. Since no offers have come in yet, Bell isn't going to be picky but if he had a choice it would be to stay in the Pac-12.
"I would love to stay at home, stay in the Pac-12 at least," Bell said. "I would love to stay on the West Coast somewhere but if somebody else offers me and it's the right program I would go."