CB Bell talks Notre Dame

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell holds 10 offers and is hearing from a bundle of schools. One on his list is Notre Dame, and he spoke about what he likes about the Irish, and what he knows about the program.

One of the hottest cornerbacks in the northeast is Tre Bell of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), who grabbed offers from Michigan, Nebraska and Florida in the last 24 hours.

So, could Notre Dame be the next in line?

"They were sending me a lot of letters during the season and inviting me to games," Bell said. "They said they love my film and they're going to be in contact with me soon."

St. Peter's Prep is a familiar stopping ground for many programs since coach Rich Hansen always has high-level Division I talent.

Bell, who is 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, saw the Irish stop by the last few years and is interested in the Irish.

"I heard the facilities were top notch, some of the best, so I want to go check that out," Bell said. "They produce a lot of great players that go to the NFL. Their tradition is there. It's really big."

Bell saw his offer list grow to 10 with the aforementioned offers, as well as one from Connecticut. He is hopeful the Irish will also come through with an offer, and he is hoping to make a spring visit to campus.

Bell made 36 tackles and had three interceptions as a junior. He also caught nine passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.

"I think my film was pretty good and I think everyone who watched it saw everything they want in a corner," he said. "You see press coverage, tackling, big hits, interceptions, plays on the ball. I play a little receiver, so you see some of that. I play special teams and play kickoffs, so you see just about everything."

One thing working in Bell's favor in working through the recruiting process is his close friends who went through the process. Running back Savon Huggins and offensive tackle Keith Lumpkin signed with Rutgers in the 2011 class and safety D.J. Singleton (Wisconsin), cornerback Brandon Napoleon (West Virginia) and tight end Michael Giacone (Boston College) signed in the 2012 class.

"It helps a lot," Bell said. "I talk to these guys all the time. They're like my best friends. I just talked to Savon today and I talked to D.J. all the time, and Brandon all the time and Giacone all the time. It's really great to have these guys and they can give their knowledge to me and I can pass it down to the up-and-comers."

Bell also has an idea of when he wants to make a decision.

"Probably before the season, but it depends on how it goes with all the schools and the coaches," Bell said. "If not, I'll probably wait until after the season."


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