Four-star New Jersey recruit Markquese Bell is announcing his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game this Sunday, and Maryland football is very much in the mix.
Bell played coy during an interview with SB Nation’s Bud Elliot this week. The Terps are competing with Ohio State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech for his services, and he didn’t hint too much at which school will receive his commitment.
Markquese Bell is committing during the Under Armour All-America Game. Will he choose the Maryland Terrapins? He's not hinting at anything yet.Posted by Testudo Times on Wednesday, December 28, 2016
But Maryland looks like it’s in a good spot to land Bell, who’s rated as the No. 3 player in New Jersey, the No. 7 athlete and the No. 188 recruit overall in the class of 2017 on the 247Sports Composite.
“I’ve been there a few times, unofficially and my official visit,” he said. “I feel real comfortable there.”
Bell said he’s in contact with assistants Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and Anthony Tucker the most and that he met with them at his brother’s restaurant recently.
Analysts like his chances of becoming a Terp. Here’s the 247Sports Crystal Ball outlook for Bell:
Bell reportedly will be announcing between a top two of Maryland and Ohio State, though he didn’t reference that in the interview.
On Ohio State: “I’m still talking to them a little bit. Coach [Greg] Schiano, he’s a great guy, coming out of Jersey, so we have that relationship.”
Rutgers: “Coach Henry, coach Ash still hitting me up on a day-to-day basis.”
He didn’t have as much to add about Virginia Tech, but said about seven recruits were on him at his official visit there trying to convince him to commit.
Bell’s grandma came with him on his official visits, and he mentioned her as a key piece in his recruitment. Here’s how Bell described his ideal school:
“Somewhere when my grandma comes she doesn’t need me to walk around with her because she everybody already knows her, it’s like their grandma too,” he said.
During a separate interview, Maryland quarterback commit Kasim Hill mentioned Bell as a player he’s trying to bring with him to College Park.
The Bridgeton High Schooler is designated as an “athlete,” but it looks like he’ll play defensive back — probably safety — in college.
Bell’s an early enrollee, and he already knows who he’s picking. The rest of us will find out on Sunday.