In August, Tre Bell shocked the recruiting world when he de-committed from Florida and pledged to the Commodores. The Jersey City (NJ) defensive back follows the Commodore program closely, and he liked what he saw in the come-from-behind victory over Ole Miss.
Tre Bell has yet to visit the Vanderbilt campus.
“That (Ole Miss) win was big. That game could change the program. It’s the third SEC road win, and it got Vanderbilt to bowl eligibility for the second year in a row, which has never been done at Vanderbilt. It was just a big win for the program,” said Bell.
Bell is excited about the direction of the Vanderbilt football program, and he explained why he chose the Commodores.
“Vanderbilt football is on the rise. I get the chance to be there from the beginning. I really like Coach (Bob) Shoop and (Head) Coach (James) Franklin. They really coach their players. They are players’ coaches. The players love Coach Franklin and Coach Spencer. When deciding where to go, I did my homework. I talked to several guys that were uncommitted who loved Vanderbilt’s campus. They said it was a great place. After talking to Coach Shoop and Coach Franklin, I knew it was the place to be,” said Bell.
Tre is enjoying a solid senior year as his team wraps up a 7-1 regular season heading into the playoffs. He has accounted for 15 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 11 pass breakups on the season. He has scored 2 touchdowns offensively, as well as scoring on a punt return.
With his solid performance, Bell was recently invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl, which pits the top seniors from Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia against Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
With another solid year, other schools may pick up their interest in Bell, but Bell isn’t worried about other programs.
“I am 100% committed to Vanderbilt. I talk to Coach Franklin and Coach Spencer each week. They wish me luck in my game, and I do the same to them,” stated Bell. “I am going to officially visit on January 18th with all of the other commits.”
“I can’t wait to get to Nashville to be part of this. Several people try to downplay the rise of Vanderbilt football, but everyone can see the change,” stated Bell.