CB Bell Picking up Verbal Offers

One of the next generation of St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) Division I prospects, 2013 cornerback Tre Bell continues to add verbal scholarship offers as more schools get a look at his junior film. Bell spoke with ScarletReport.com about the schools in early contact with him and his offseason plans.

St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell said he picked up his sixth verbal scholarship offer today from South Florida and is in contact with more than a dozen schools since the end of his junior season.

South Carolina, which landed Sheldon Royster from St. Peters Prep last year, was the first to inform Bell of a verbal offer. Because they were first, Bell said, the Gamecocks are an early leader.

"All the schools right now are pretty equal, but South Carolina was the first, so I guess they're up there right now," Bell said. "There's still a lot of time left and I'm talking to a bunch of schools."

According to Bell, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, South Florida and Central Florida have all informed him or his head coach of verbal scholarship offers.

"It's exciting," Bell said. "I'm excited about how everything is going. I'm trying to just take it day-by-day and stay humble through everything. ... All of the coaches have said they really liked my film and what I showed this year. I've been doing well in school and that's a big part. All of the schools have said they were pretty interested in me and I was pretty high on their board."

In addition to Royster with South Carolina, Bell has former teammates signed with West Virginia — Brandon Napoleon — and Wisconsin — D.J. Singleton.

"It's great having those older guys helping to get me exposure this season," Bell said. "I obviously stick out as well when they're watching games or the film on another player. I'm glad that coaches saw me and liked me while they were watching Brandon and D.J. and [Michael Giacone]. It's been great having them around me. They all prepared me for what's going to happen."

Bell also has former teammates at Rutgers in Savon Huggins and Keith Lumpkin. Rutgers has not offered Bell a scholarship but continues to show interest with cornerback being a position of need in the upcoming class.

"I like Rutgers a lot," Bell said. "I have teammates that love it there. It's close to home and they are doing some big things. I know things are kind of weird with them because of [coach Greg Schiano] leaving, but they're going to be fine."

Bell plans for a lighter offseason in terms of camps and combines. He injured his hip last offseason and his recruitment took a hit because of it.

He plans to take a few visits and will consider going to camps and combines, but does not want to push it too hard, he said.

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