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Florida Backs Off Recruit Tre Bell

The Florida Gators football program backs off highly rated cornerback prospect from New Jersey.

GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 9:  Coach Will Muschamp of the Florida Gators takes the field before the Orange and Blue spring football game April 9, 2010 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 9: Coach Will Muschamp of the Florida Gators takes the field before the Orange and Blue spring football game April 9, 2010 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Tre Bell from Jersey City, N.J., is one of the top cornerback prospects in the nation. The high school senior-to-be gave a verbal commitment to play for perennial college football powerhouse, the University of Florida, back in April, but things went wrong and Bell ultimately committed to another SEC football program, Vanderbilt.

According to a report in the Gainsville Sun, there's a reason that Bell won't be attending Florida next fall:

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.

All is not lost as there are higher rated cornerback prospects still on the board and they still have time to recruit other players before the deadline for football prospects to sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 6.

For more on Gators football, visit Florida blog Alligator Army, plus SEC blog Team Speed Killsand SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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