Former Teammates Recruiting CB Bell Hard

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell is one of the top offer players in New Jersey and he has known Rutgers coach Kyle Flood for years. Bell spoke to about his recruitment, visiting Rutgers and much more.

As the offers roll in for St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell, he sees himself pulled in many directions.

He will make visits to Notre Dame, Florida, West Virginia and South Carolina in the next month, but he will also make a trip to Rutgers for spring practice while getting recruited hard from former teammates and Rutgers freshmen Savon Huggins and Keith Lumpkin.

"I talk to Savon earlier (Thursday) and I talked to Lumpkin a couple days ago," Bell said. "They always have to keep telling me to "Keep Choppin' "

Bell, like many other recruits, is getting to know the new staff at Rutgers. He was being recruited by Ben Sirmans, who left after a couple of weeks for the NFL.

Now, Bell is dealing with defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who recruited Bell to Central Florida and knows his way around St. Peter's Prep. However, plenty of other schools are also coming in to see Bell, who was offered by Notre Dame on Thursday.

But the key with Rutgers seems to be getting Bell to campus.

"They just want to get me up there,' Bell said. "I've been there, but they said they want me to keep coming and hopefully I fall in love with it."

Bell also has a relationship with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, who used to recruit St. Peter's Prep. "I know coach Flood," Bell said. "I've known him since my freshman year. He's a cool guy, a funny guy. He's an honest guy as well."

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Bell also has no problem with the turnover in Rutgers staff, and he doesn't hold it again the school.

"That's just part of the job," he said. "Guys have to support their families. Family comes first at all times."

Bell's schedule calls for him to be at Notre Dame's junior day March 24, 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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