Bell Has Irish in Mind During Other Visits

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell was at Notre Dame's junior day and left quite impressed with the school. As he makes other visits, he is keeping the Irish in mind.

When cornerback Tre Bell visited Notre Dame recently, he compared the vibe of the school to St. Peter's Prep of Jersey City, N.J.

The Catholic part is obvious, but he was talking more about how the coaches interacted, the importance of academics and learning it a comfortable environment.

As he makes subsequent trips to other schools, including Florida this weekend, the feel he got from Notre Dame will remain in his mind.

"They wanted to know if I could see myself there, and I really could," he said. "It made me feel like I was at St. Peter's. From school to athletics to everything, I felt like I was back at St. Peter's. I'm very comfortable with Notre Dame."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Bell is approaching 20 offers, and the one from the Irish is one of the most noticeable.

He also knows plenty about the school since his friend and fellow New Jersey prep star Elijah Shumate signed in February to play with the Irish.

"Notre Dame is a very prestigious school," Bell said. "They are near the top academically and athletically. They have a 100 percent graduation rate for African-Americans and a 90 percent graduation rate for all students-athletes. That is great."

Walking around Notre Dame's campus provided Bell with the opportunity to soak in the school's history, but it wasn't what he expected.

"(History) is all over the place," he said. "It's very historic and a well put together school. Everything is new. I had a perception of it being a little bit older, but everything is new. It's great, and they're still adding things. They want to have the best for their student-athletes."

Practice allowed Bell to see how the Irish use its cornerbacks, and also the style of coaching employed by defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and coach Brian Kelly.

"Coach Kelly keeps it up-tempo," Bell said. "It was very intense, from the beginning all the way down to the end. They said they're really looking forward to getting me back there, and I really like it."

Bell also likes how Notre Dame uses its talent in the secondary.

"The guys that can play safety, or corner or nickel, they use them that way," he said. "They don't play a kid who doesn't play nickel in the nickel (spot). That was good to know."

Since visiting Notre Dame for junior day, Bell has also visited Rutgers. He will be in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday and also has trips to South Carolina and West Virginia scheduled for later this month.


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