One to Watch: Tre Bell
May 13, 2011
St. Peter's Prep DB Tre Bell
The combine and camp circuit can make a relatively unknown and under-the-radar prospect into a “household name" overnight. This has been the case for St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell.
Although he plays for a perennial powerhouse and his father is a high school coach, he has been overshadowed by the array of talent on the St. Peter’s Prep roster. Given the chance to be an individual performer, Bell made his star shine.
This was evident at the New Jersey Nike Camp held on the campus of Rutgers University where the sophomore beat out some of the most well known prospects in the area to capture the Defensive Back MVP award.
In order to put this accomplishment into a better prespective, Elijah Shumate and Wayne Morgan were among the other participants. Both of those prospects have double digit offers from some of the best programs in the nation.
The award has garnered Bell attention from Rutgers, Penn State, Miami, Maryland and Boston College.
How is the underclassman adapting to the spotlight?
“It feels good but I try to stay humble and keep working hard," Bell told StateOfRutgers.com.
The fact that Bell is the son of Marion Bell, the head football coach of East Orange Campus High School (N.J.), has greatly aided in the younger Bell’s recent success.
“My father helps me stay sharp in my technique and basically gives me an advantage over others because of all of the knowledge I have grasped," says Bell.
Bell will look to build on his success at the Nike Camp by participating in the Under Armour Combine along with camping at Penn State and Rutgers.
After the camp and combine circuit is done, Bell will turn his focus to St. Peter’s Prep football where he has some distinct team and personal goals.
“I want a championship first off. I want to be more aggressive on my jam and catch more INTs on defense than I did last year," Bell exclaimed.
If the sophomore is able to meet all of his goals and continue his standout performances, he will further extend St. Peter's Prep's legacy of major college signees.