Vanderbilt has put together a superb group of defensive backs in this year's recruiting class and it…
More on Tre Bell
These days the recruiting battle is more intense than ever with kids being offer scholarships at younger and younger ages, before they are even close to being developed as a player. This leads us directly to one of the newest Vanderbilt Commodore recruits, defensive back Tre Bell. Bell is a talented class of 2013 DB who committed to Florida back in April after a pretty intense recruiting war with Vanderbilt. Over the weekend however news broke on Twitter that Bell had changed his mind and now intended to be a Commodore next fall. The question which lingers is how, or why, did Bell reach this change of heart.
As far as we know right now there are three possible options. Either Florida head coach Will Muschamp withdrew the offer the Gators had made to Bell, Bell just chose to de-commit on his own, or Vanderbilt never gave up the recruiting war and eventually won the corner over.
Here is a little nugget of information first reported by the Gainesville Sun.
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.
So based on this who is in the right here? This is an issue which if it blows up to a national scale could change the very way that recruiting is done at this level. Should a college be able to mandate that a player work out AFTER they have recruited them? If the play of Bell had not been up to scratch would Florida have taken back the offer?
Many questions, few answers, but one thing for certain. Vandy has picked up another excellent defensive piece for 2013 and beyond. One that from this day forward will come at the SEC with a sizeable chip on his shoulder.
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