Spotlight 2013: Tre Bell of St. Peters Prep

WESTFIELD, N.J. — In the last two years, St. Peters Prep cornerback Tre Bell has watched a multitude teammates commit to Division I schools. Early in July, Bell was in attendance for Michael Giacone's commitment to Rutgers. The rising junior defensive back spoke with about his teammates' connections with Rutgers and his own recruiting process.

WESTFIELD, N.J. — St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) defensive back Tre Bell's recruitment took a hit after a strong spring when he suffered a hip pointer. But back healthy for his team's summer activities, Bell said his recruitment is picking up.

The Class of 2013 cornerback took home a positional award at the NIKE combine at Rutgers this spring before his injury, but told last week that he is back at 100 percent.

I practiced [last week]," Bell said. "I'm feeling fine now, which is huge for me. I missed it so much.

"I had to rest it so I could get 100 percent again, but I missed football so much in the time I was out. I'm glad to be back on the field for our practices and 7-on-7s and everything."

Bell was one of many Marauder teammates at Michael Giacone's house July 15 for his commitment to Rutgers. Giacone joins incoming freshmen Savon Huggins and Keith Lumpkin as one of three Prep players to commit to Rutgers in the last 12 months.

"It feels good to see him do it," Bell said. "That's another of my teammates off to a D-1 program. Everybody's staying home. I'm going to think about the same thing when my time comes.

"Rutgers is definitely going to be something to watch. I already have two teammates. I'm going to have a third next season. I'm definitely going to get out there a lot and watch some good football. I think Rutgers is going to have a lot of Prep fans heading out."

Bell does not hold any verbal offers yet, but said he has a good relationship with Rutgers assistant Jeff Hafley.

"I talk to Coach Hafley a lot," Bell said. "He talks to my father a lot as well and tells us, make sure to keep in contact. I like him a lot."

Bell said most schools have told him to just "get bigger and faster" before they offer because they want to see how he can physically fit into their program's schemes. Bell is currently 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, he said.

Bell said he has the most contact with Rutgers, but that Colarado recently came into the equation. The starting cornerback mentioned Notre Dame, Miami, Wisconsin and Maryland as other schools showing interest.

He visited Penn State at the beginning of July and has a trip planned to West Virginia with teammate and Mountaineer commitment Brandon Napoleon, who was also on-hand at Giacone's announcement ceremony.

Teammate D.J. Singleton, who moves to linebacker in the fall from safety, said a primary reason for his move was the comfort level with their current defensive backs like Bell.

"Tre is a guy I've known and played with since we were kids," Singleton said. "He's one of the best I know in terms of ball instincts. It isn't going to be long before he gets offers. He definitely has the ability once he puts on a little more muscle."

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