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Ohio State Football Recruiting: Updates, Rumors on Vonn Bell and Dontre Wilson

Oct 27, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

As it stands now, Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class boasts 23 outstanding prospects.

With just two days remaining until National Signing Day, Urban Meyer is still pursuing some of the most talented, uncommitted players in the country.

Two of Meyer's top targets—Vonn Bell and Dontre Wilson—have been getting serious attention from some of the top universities around the country. 

As Ohio State gets dangerously close to its 82-scholarship limit, most expect the Buckeyes to be able to add two more prospects before shutting things down for 2013.

Could both Bell and Wilson wind up as Buckeyes by the end of the week?

Bell, a four-star safety out of Rossville, Georgia, has kept everyone on their toes about his decision.

Michael Chung of The-Ozone.net wrote of Bell recently:

No prospect has done a better job at keeping the media off his scent than Vonn Bell. At once, it was reported he was an Alabama lock, then Ohio State moved to the top, now people say he will go UT (Tennessee). The truth is, no one really knows except Vonn and his family.

Coaches from Ohio State, Tennessee and Alabama made their final pitches to Bell last Thursday before the safety prospect shut things down in order to make the final decision with his family.

As Bell's recruitment has progressed, it appears as though Ohio State and Tennessee have taken the lead. According to Mike Farrell of Rivals.com, though, the Volunteers are the favorite. 

Wilson, a four-star all-purpose back who committed to play for Chip Kelly at Oregon, reopened his recruitment when Kelly left Eugene to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

It didn't take long for Meyer to reengage Wilson, and the talented athlete visited Columbus recently to get a better feel for what Ohio State had to offer. Following his visit, Wilson said it was 50/50 between Ohio State and Oregon.

Many were surprised when Wilson visited Texas this weekend. Something about his trip there helped Wilson make his decision, though, as he is set to announce tonight at 10 p.m. (ET).

According to Derek Young of ElevenWarriors.com, Ohio State likes where it stands:

Dontre Wilson is making college decision tomorrow his coach tells me. I was told OSU liked their chances late last night. Sticking with them

— Derek Young(@Derek11W) February 4, 2013

Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to National Signing Day.


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