CB Tre Bell Discusses Notre Dame Offer

Notre Dame extended a verbal offer to St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell on Thursday, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about it. Bell will be on campus for Notre Dame's junior day, and he talked about what he knows about the Irish.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell set up a number of spring visits, but altered those plans Thursday when Notre Dame came through with an offer.

Bell's initial plans were to begin visiting out-of-state schools in April, but he added a visit for Notre Dame's junior day after learning the Irish would offer.

"I'm going there March 24," he said. "I want to see how the coaches bond with the players and how they react with each other, and how the players react with each other. I want to see if they're all family.

"That's a big part of it. St. Peter's is like that. We're a big a family in Jersey City, and I'm looking for the same thing when I make my decision."

The offer didn't come as a big surprise since Bell had been in contact with Irish assistant coach Bob Diaco, but it didn't dampen Bell's excitement toward.

"I knew it was coming, but it was still exciting to have an option to go to Notre Dame, which is great," he said. "I'm supposed to talk to coach (Brian) Kelly (Friday)."

Bell wasn't the only one in his family excited by the offer. His mother surfed online to learn more about the school after it became apparent the Irish would offer.

"I know academically they have the No. 1 graduation rate," Bell said. "My mother looked it up, and it was like, ‘Wow.' That's really big. That is something that is definitely a big part of my decision."

Bell's schedule calls for him to be at Notre Dame's junior day and then he will likely take in a Rutgers practice. He will be at Florida on April 7, South Carolina on April 14 and West Virginia on April 21 as he moves to see as any schools as possible before making a decision late in the summer.

"I'm going to do it before my senior season," Bell said. "I want to go into my senior season with one goal, and that's the state championship."

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