CB Bell Impressed by Rutgers Visit

Approaching 20 verbal scholarship offers, St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell visited Rutgers today to meet the new staff and see former teammates in action. Rutgers was one of the first schools involved with Bell and impressed the cornerback today during practice.

St. Peters Prep cornerback Tre Bell has a big April full of visits planned, including a Saturday trip to Florida. But before he hit the road, the 19-offer prospect took the short drive to Piscataway to watch his first Rutgers practice.

Bell has been on the Rutgers radar for more than a year and picked up a verbal offer shortly after his junior highlight tape went out.

"I thought today was great," Bell said. "They looked really good. ... It was a little different, but a lot of the things were the same as they were with [former head coach Greg Schiano]. I liked seeing some new things that were a little different."

Bell began forming relationships with Rutgers through assistant Jeff Hafley, who recruited his area before leaving to take an NFL position. With a new staff in place, Bell deals primarily with linebackers coach Dave Cohen and head coach Kyle Flood.

"Coach Flood is really interested in me," said Bell, who stands a shade under 6-foot and weighs in at 170 pounds. "He wants me to be back there at Rutgers a lot and I'm definitely going to look forward to do that."

Bell was high-school teammates with Rutgers second-year players Keith Lumpkin and Savon Huggins. Huggins, who held more than 50 written offers during his recruitment, has been one of many friends to mentor Bell in his own process.

Both former teammates are recruiting Bell to Rutgers.

"There are two people that I played with now at Rutgers and they're doing really well," Bell said. "They tell me, it's right down the street. You still get the same feel of your home-state school that you always do. They really like it. They're going to work you hard at Rutgers and they push you."

Cornerbacks Logan Ryan and Brandon Jones caught Bell's eye during today's practice, he said. Bell knows both from his time being recruited by Rutgers and was impressed by their performances at practice.

"They're good," Bell said. "Logan and Brandon Jones are incredible. They're older and really mature guys and you can see that by the way they play. They just make plays."

Bell received a verbal offer from Houston within a few hours of his Rutgers visit to get to 19 total offers.

"I know Case Keenum is one of the best quarterbacks ever and that's about all I know about them right now," Bell said. "I'm looking forward to learning more about them."

Bell has no leaders or plans for a decision, he said, but will visit Florida this weekend. The Gators are one of the 19 schools that offered Bell and will see him in-person for the first time during his unofficial visit.

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