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UNC Tar Heels football recruiting: Markquese Bell includes North Carolina in his top 13

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina is staying in contact with multiple wide receivers as recruiting season continues in ernest. Markquese Bell has recently named the Tar Heels among his top 13 in a group that also includes Rutgers, Florida, Maryland, Temple, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. Seeing as how these are basically most of the biggest football programs in the country, and that he is still open to other offers, the list doesn't really narrow much down.

Still, Bell seems like a top talent that UNC should be pursuing. The six-foot-three, 194-pounder is an impressive athlete, having played both wide receiver and safety in high school. In 2015 he caught 52 passes for 792 yards and 10 touchdowns on his way to being named South Jersey Times Offensive Player of the Year. He also had 191 rushing yards with one touchdown and six two-point conversions. This came after spending his sophomore season as the team's quarterback out of necessity. On top of all that, he was also a track and field star in the high jump competition. has him rated as a four-star athlete–the top ranked ATH in the state of New Jersey and the 16th ATH overall. They see his future coming down to how much he grows in the next few years, and if he can improve upon his current speed, but there's plenty to like:

As a receiver, Bell is a plus blocker and knows how to use his size. He catches the ball and tucks it away quickly...Defensively, he tracks the play well and is a good tackler. He changes direction well and has the ability to cover down the field.
He has also been described as having great ball handling skills, plays aggressively, and is a leader on the field and off.

Bell previously released a top 10 back in March, but he's changed course since, adding Ohio State, Ole Miss, West Virginia, and Tennessee to his list while eliminating Wisconsin from consideration. He has over 20 offers at this point, but his top team seems to be Rutgersfollowed by Michigan. Both programs were some of the first schools in on Bell, and his connection to New Jersey might be too strong for UNC to pry him loose. He doesn't seem to be in much of a rush, considering he expanded his top schools last week and is still considering signing no sooner than National Signing Day.