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High school football recruiting continues to generate news

Apr 17, 2012 Football recruiting news continues to come at full speed, and here are few prominent items from the past few days:

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Tre Bell, St. Peter's Prep (right)

* St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) defensive back Tre Bell pledged his allegiance to Florida. According to the Hudson Reporter, Bell chose the Gators over Notre Dame, Rutgers, South Carolina and West Virginia, among others.

The newspaper also reported that Vin Ascolese of North Bergen (N.J.) remains committed to Arkansas despite the recent scandal with coach Bobby Petrino. A handful of other recruits have said they now will look elsewhere.

"I'm not decommitting, don't worry," Ascolese told the newspaper. "I signed with Arkansas, not only because of the coach, but because how great the fans are and the incredible atmosphere there. I'm committed to Arkansas."

* Arizona State picked up its first commitment from the Class of 2013 when Nick Brown of Florence (Ariz.) said he will play for the Sun Devils. The Arizona Republic reported that ASU was Brown's only offer, despite having rushed for more than 1,800 yards and passing for 1,200 more last season, his first at quarterback. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Brown projects as a cornerback at the next level.

* Florida State didn't waste any time trying to lock up Jacques Patrick, making an offer to the Timber Creek (Orlando, Fla.) running back. As a freshman last season, the 6-2, 200-pound Patrick rushed for more than 1,100 yards. The Orlando Sentinel reported Patrick also has visited Florida and Central Florida, and is taking a trip to Alabama this week.

"I know other offers are just around the corner now," Patrick told the newspaper. "Once the first one comes, everyone is going to jump aboard the bandwagon now. That's what people tell me."

* Top quarterback recruit Sefo Liufau of Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) will continue is college career at Colorado, according to The News Tribune. Liufau committed this past weekend after visiting the campus recently. Colorado was the first school to offer the 6-4, 220-pound junior, who figures to draw additional interest now.

"I'll respectfully listen to what they have to say," Liufau told the newspaper about other schools, "but I'm a Buff."

* Northwestern secured its first 2013 recruit, as dual-threat quarterback Matt Alviti of Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) committed to the program after watching the team's spring game this past weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune.

* Staying in the Big Ten, Michigan State picked up a verbal commitment from Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) junior linebacker Shane Jones. Jones, a 6-1, 220-pounder who had 90 tackles last season, had nearly 20 scholarship offers, according to

The Spartans also picked up a commitment from Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.) quarterback Damion Terry.

* According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, sophomore wide receiver Demarre Kitt from Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) has committed to Georgia. Kitt said he picked the Bulldogs in part because his best friend, defensive back Nick Glass of St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), also committed to Georgia.

"Nick is committed to Georgia, and that helped a little with my decision," Kitt told the newspaper.