Ohio State Buckeyes Could Be Favorites to Land 5-Star Vonn Bell

Austin KempAnalyst IDecember 31, 2012

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 23: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and former South Florida University coach Skip Holtz watch warmups before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play against the St. Louis Rams December 23, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have been named the front-runners for 5-star safety Vonn Bell, according to Scout.com’s recruiting guru Bill Greene. Greene, who is in Orlando all week for the Under Armour All-America Game, tweeted earlier that he considers Ohio State the favorite.


After talking to people at Under Armour I'm ready to put Ohio State as the favorite to land five-star safety Vonn Bell.

— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) December 30, 2012


ESPN's Kipp Adams has has stated that Bell’s three favorites seem to be Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee. A commitment from Bell would be huge for Ohio State because he could be a threat on either side of the ball. 

Though he would likely stay at safety, anything can happen once he steps on campus, and coach Urban Meyer is looking for playmakers like Bell. Bell's high school film speaks for itself.

At 6'1'', 190 pounds, the super-athletic Bell is also a feared hitter. Impact plays will be made wherever he lines up on the field.    

Bell, who is from Rossville, Ga., has no set decision date and has visits lined up all the way until national signing day.

With an official visit to Ohio State set for Jan. 11, reported by Miles Joseph of ElevenWarriors, one has to wonder if Bell will pull the trigger and commit when he steps foot on campus. With Nick Saban competing for the highly touted safety, though, this recruitment has to be considered far from over. 


January will certainly be an interesting month for Ohio State recruiting, as Buckeyes recruiting analyst Marc Givler of Rivals.com recently tweeted, “I have more than a hunch at this point that #OhioState is going to finish very, very strong between now and NSD. Big week coming...”


I have more than a hunch at this point that #OhioState is going to finish very, very strong between now and NSD. Big week coming. #buckeyes

— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) December 30, 2012


To Buckeyes fans, that has to be music to the ears. Ohio State has reached out to many top prospects such as Mike Mitchell, James Quick, Shelton Gibson and Trey Johnson.

Commitments could start to be pledged as the high school All-Star games kick off. With Urban Meyer as a coach, anyone could be a target for the Buckeyes as he continues to build his empire in the Big Ten.

You can watch Vonn Bell play in the Under Armour All-America game on Friday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.