Oakcrest High School junior Brandon Bell has attracted attention from the country’s top-tier collegiate football programs. On Wednesday, June 13, the heralded inside linebacker decided to settle on his decision.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Bell officially committed to play football for Penn State after spending recent months weighing offers from a growing group of Division I programs. The university’s blend of education and football tradition lured him to Happy Valley.

“Penn State is a great school academically,” Bell said. “When it comes to football, they’ve been known as ‘Linebacker U’ for a long time. I’m excited to become a part of that.”

Penn State is known for producing professional linebackers and Bell fits in nicely. He is regarded as New Jersey’s top-ranked high school middle linebacker.

Bell, a Hamilton Township resident, is a lynchpin in the middle of Oakcrest’s defensive attack. As a junior, he led the Falcons with 117 tackles (averaging nearly 12 per contest), racked up a team-high six sacks and scored two defensive touchdowns.

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