Football: Oakcrest's Brandon Bell commits to Penn State

Oakcrest linebacker Brandon Bell has made a verbal commitment to attend Penn State on a football scholarship.

Bell said he also seriously considered Rutgers. He had 12 offers.

"It's Linebacker U and that's my position," Bell said Thursday afternoon.

Bell visited Penn State twice this spring. He also made multiple vists to Rutgers.

Bell said Penn State projects him as an inside linebacker. He's the seconf rising SJ senior to commit to Penn State, following Timber Creek DL Greg Webb.

Other SJ players in the loaded class of 2013 who have made commitments are Absegami DB Rashad Kinlaw (Notre Dame), Woodbury DB Anthony Averett (Alabama), Eastern DB Eli Woodard (Ohio State) and Moorestown OL Shane Rafter (Temple).

Camden Catholic LB Jarred Alwan also could be close to a commitment, with Boston College in hot pursuit.

The 6-1, 220-pound Bell had 117 tackles last season, including 22 for loss. He had six sacks and three forced fumbles.

A fullback on offense, Bell ran for 429 yards and five TDs.

"I knew it was the right place for me," Bell said.

-- Phil Anastasia

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