Player Spotlight: St. Peter’s Prep DB Tre Bell
Posted May 15, 2011 5:32 pm
The state of New Jersey has produced some of the nation’s top high school football talent over the years.
Such legends of the Garden state gridiron such as Eugene Monroe (Plainfield), Brian Cushing (Bergen Catholic), and Dwayne Jarrett (New Brunswick) have all passed come through the New Jersey high school football ranks.
It’s a state that doesn’t get the attention it deserves for its tremendous football pedigree.
There are plenty of high school football programs that crank out some of the nation’s top high school football talent, year in, year out.
Powerhouse programs such as Don Bosco Prep seem to produce great players around the clock.
Don Bosco recently had four of their players named to the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl–a game which honors some of the top high school football players in America.
It marks the first time in the history of the game that one high school has had four players named in one year.
Then there’s programs like Saint Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ) who under head coach Rich Hansen have been one of the mainstays of New Jersey high school football.
In Hansen’s 21 seasons as head coach, Saint Peter’s has been ranked in New Jersey’s “Top 20” 16 times and won three NJSIAA titles.
Hansen’s program has produced numerous Division I-A talents as Rashawn Jackson (Virginia) and more recently Under Armour All-American Savon Huggins (Rutgers).
FinestPreps.com recently got to interview the next star coming up the ranks at Saint Peter’s Prep.
Who’s the next gridiron stud waiting in the wings at the New Jersey football powerhouse?
We’re talking about class of 2013 phenom Tre Bell–he’ a defensive back who’s already drawing a ton of attention from Division I-A programs across the country.
When watching his highlight tape–Bell has excellent technique and blankets opposing receivers step for step down the field.
He’s excellent at using his leaping ability and arms to break up passes in the passing lanes.
Even though he hasn’t even started his junior year, it’s pretty clear Bell will have his fair share of college options around this time next spring.
FinestPreps.com recently caught up with the gifted corner last week to discuss his recruitment process, among other topics.
Below is the interview.
FinestPreps.com Interview with Saint Peter’s Prep DB Tre Bell
FinestPreps.com: Talk about if you’ve heard from many colleges in the college football recruitment process.
Tre Bell: “I’ve been in contact with Rutgers, Miami, Boston College, Penn State.”
FinestPreps.com: Do you have any favorites at this point? Is there a team you grew up cheering for or anything like that?
Tre Bell: “Rutgers. Rutgers definitely.”
FinestPreps.com: Why Rutgers, Tre?
Tre Bell: “It’s home and I love it. It’s right there and if I had the chance to go there–my father could come watch me play, my parents, my whole family. I think that would be really good.”
FinestPreps.com: What do you like most about playing the cornerback position Tre?
Tre Bell: “My father is a coach and I’ve been playing cornerback since I was three years old. I’ve played this position for a while and I know pretty much what I’m doing. So I feel like I have an advantage over receivers and other DBs. I have really good technique and I try to use that to my advantage.”
FinestPreps.com: Tre have any colleges been stopping by to check on you?
Tre Bell: “Georgia came through school today, Syracuse, Miami was here last week. Rutgers was in here yesterday, Penn State was here last week, Boston College came last week, Oregon came last week, and UCF.”
FinestPreps.com: What do you think will be the biggest deciding factor for you Tre–in terms of choosing a school down the road.
Tre Bell: “I’m not really sure as of right now. I haven’t really looked into it like that. But hopefully I can give you an answer sooner than later.”
FinestPreps.com: Tre what do you think about Mark Ingram being on the cover of NCAA Football?
Tre Bell: “He is an amazing player. I think he deserved it all the way. I’m playing that game right now. I have it. It’s a great game.”
FinestPreps.com: Talk about playing for Saint Peter’s Prep–it’s got an excellent football tradition.
Tre Bell: “It has a great tradition. A lot of players come back–a lot of alumni. Coach Hansen keeps the program running every year. There’s been great players to come out of here. It’s a great experience.”
A standout basketball player as well–Bell also plays for Saint Peter’s Prep basketball team as well.
Wade Peery is the senior writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Check out the sophomore highlights of Tre Bell below!