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NC safety takes in two camps

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Safety Rico Bell has taken in his first two camps of the summer at North Carolina State and Virginia. What were his impressions of the schools and where is the 5-foot-10, 181-pounder headed next?
"I like the campus and school at Virginia. I met some of the players and they seemed like I could get along with them pretty easily," he said. "I also went to North Carolina State in June and I liked the school. The coaches all seemed pretty cool especially my recruiting coach, coach Portee.
"This Friday I'm going to camp at Virginia Tech for a one day camp. I'm hoping to go see the coaches and players and just get a feel if I like the school and atmosphere."
Currently, the Charlotte (N.C.) Vance prospect holds four offers from Virginia, Maryland, Boston College and Tennessee. Despite holding the offers, Bell still has no favorites.
"I have none yet at all, I'm going to wait and see," he said. "I'm looking to play early in college, so I want to see who'll give me that chance because that's what I really want. I also want a school to have a good program and a solid education for me after football is done, because you can't always play football. I'm thinking of majoring in marketing, but I'm still not sure yet."
Even with the offers, Bell is looking to wait awhile before making a decision.
"I want to probably do it during or after the season, just so I can take my official visits."
With his hope to play early, Bell is looking to improve on many aspects of his game to get himself ready for college.
"I've got to work on my quickness and I need to get more weight on me," he said. "I already have the speed, but if I improve my quickness then I'll be able to break on the ball fasters when I play on the next level. I know that I can't play on the next level at my size, so I'm looking to put on some weight. I'm looking to weigh about 215-pounds in college."
In just eight games last season, Bell compiled 80 tackles, two interceptions, two kickoff returns for touchdowns and four touchdowns receiving. He went on to be named all-conference and team co-MVP despite missing two games due to an ankle sprain.
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