With National Signing Day quickly approaching, several college football programs are in desperation mode to sign the last few uncommitted recruits. Tennessee Volunteers is one of these schools and it is critical they secure one of the top safeties in the 2013 recruiting class.
Vonn Bell out of Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia is someone Tennessee has had their eyes on for quite some time. He is also a fan of the Volunteers, but that does not mean he will automatically choose them. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes are also very into Bell and would like nothing more than to see him become a part of their program.
However, considering the Volunteers do not have a prospect ranked in the top 100, it is critical they secure Bell. He is the type of player that could have an immediate impact on the team, and could very well see significant playing time right out of the gate. This is something that definitely appeals to Bell and could be one of the main reasons he ultimately selects the Volunteers.
Bell is listed No. 27 in 247sports top recruit rankings, No. 32 in The Rival’s top 100 and No. 50 in ESPN’s top 150. The fact that he is a top-four safety in the 2013 recruiting class is enough for schools to want him badly. His six-foot-one, 190-pound build makes him an above-average safety physically. Mix incredible speed in with that and Bell is one of the most athletic defensive backs to enter college football this year. He also has outstanding ball skills and field presence that makes him an elite defensive back in coverage.
The fact that Bell walked away feeling very good about his visit with the Volunteers says it all. Not to mention, his growing relationship with head coach Butch Jones and the rest of the coaching staff only increases Tennessee’s chances of landing the prospect.
Bell will announce his decision at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6.