Tre Bell talks Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt has put together a superb group of defensive backs in this year's recruiting class and it just got better. James Franklin received his 17th commitment of the 2013 class Friday evening from Tre Bell out of St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J.

"Last night I spoke with Coach Franklin over the phone," said Tre Bell. "We talked about the big things we plan on doing together in the future [at Vanderbilt]. I let him know I was on board."

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound cornerback had made an early pledge to the University of Florida in April but said the Commodore staff "never stopped recruiting him".

"Vanderbilt has been with me since the beginning," he said. "They offered me a couple of days after signing day. I never stopped hearing from my recruiter, Coach Shoop. They think I'm a game changer. They loved how I played at The Opening and Gridiron Kings this summer. They like my ball skills, cover skills, how I get in and out of my breaks. Coach Barlow said he couldn't wait to coach me.

"With Vanderbilt, I see a program on the rise. Coach Franklin is going after some of the best recruits in the nation and landing them. Coach Franklin is a high energy guy and that carries over to the whole staff. You also receive at world-class education [at Vanderbilt]. A degree from the university speaks for itself. I haven't made a visit yet, but I'm looking at dates on the calender to make it there for a game weekend."

As a junior at St. Peter's Prep, Bell had 36 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, and forced two fumbles. He was named HCIAL Red Division 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-County, and 3rd Team All-State for New Jersey Non-Public school. His first game as a senior with the Marauders will be played on September 8th against McDonogh High School of Owings Mills, Md. at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

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