Bell no longer among UF's 2013 class


Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.

Cornerback Tre’ Bell (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peters Prep) is no longer a Gator.

Bell, who verbally committed to the Gators on April 7, switched his pledge to Vanderbilt late Friday night and confirmed his decision via Twitter on Saturday.

A source close to the situation told The Sun that UF’s coaches wanted to see Bell in action this summer so they could critique his play, something several of Florida’s commits were required to do. But Bell never attended any of Florida’s camps in June and didn’t work out when he came down for Friday Nights Lights on July 27. The source said Bell refused to participate because his coach, Rich Hansen, advised him against it.

With many more highly rated corner prospects still left on the board, the Gators decided to part ways with the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder during his unofficial visit to UF on Aug. 2. Bell has not spoken to any media outlets since that time.

The top candidates to replace Bell are Mackenzie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), Southern Cal commit Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy), Georgia commit Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza). Ramsey, who is teammates with Florida quarterback commit Max Staver, will officially visit UF this fall and appears to be the most likely option for the Gators.

Florida now has 21 members in its 2013 class. Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 6.

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