Class of 2013 DB Creates Buzz at NIKE Camp

Tre Bell went in to last week's NIKE camp at Rutgers trying to make a name for himself. He left as the most valuable player award for a defensive back. caught up with the St. Peters Prep rising junior to discuss what went well at Rutgers Stadium and Marauders football ...

Playing in the same secondary as Sheldon Royster and D.J. Singleton, Class of 2013 cornerback Tre Bell is used to competition with the best players in the Garden State.

No one, however, was as surprised as Bell when he took home a positional award at Rutgers Stadium during last weekend's NIKE camp. Bell worked with top rising seniors like Wayne Morgan and Elijah Shumate, but the coaches thought the 5-foot-10 junior from St. Peters Prep had the best afternoon.

"I was very surprised," Bell said. "I knew I did well, but there was so much talent out there and I was younger than a lot of them. I went into it as a sort of unknown guy."

Bell said he went into the camp with a clear goal in mind and he left Rutgers Stadium later that day with his mission accomplished.

"I guess you could say I wanted to come out of it as more of a known guy and I think I did that," Bell said. "The NIKE camp was great. I loved it. It was a great experience."

In the recruiting game, Bell said he's OK with the fact that his name isn't well-known at this point. Playing at St. Peters Prep, he said, has its advantages.

"We have such a good reputation that tons of schools come to check us out," Bell said. "They may be looking at other people sometimes, but I will get a chance to show what I can do. I've already been hearing from a lot of big schools like Miami, Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame."

For the summer, Bell said he plans to attend multiple combines and at least go to the Rutgers camp with his teammates.

"Once school gets out I'm going to start hearing more stuff and planning my summer," Bell said.

The other advantage at St. Peters Prep, he said, is having "the best teammates in the state." With rising seniors like Singleton, Brandon Napoleon, Michael Giacone and Najee Glass, Bell said he can't wait for next year to start.

"I see where those guys are and that's where I hope to be," he said. "We have to be the best secondary in the state. I'm going to hit a lot of camps to try and get myself out there, but my main focus is being ready to win a state championship this Fall."

Singleton, who is high on Rutgers' list, along with many other Division I programs, said Bell is the best on the team in coverage instincts.

"I've known Tre since we were younger," Singleton said. "The thing that sticks out about Tre is his tenacity. he loves football and he has the instincts to read a receiver better than any other cornerback I've seen. That's something you can't coach."

Bell will play cornerback and slot receiver for St. Peters Prep next season.

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