Top Safety Vonn Bell Picks Ohio State

By Tyler Waddell
Jeff Hanisch – USA Today Sports

One day after he said the Tennessee Volunteers were his favorite, highly-touted safety Vonn Bell of Rossville (GA) has announced his decision to join Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Bell is a five-star recruit and the No. 2 overall safety, according to He is a consensus top-30 prospect for the class of 2013, and will fit quite nicely in Columbus.

Fans will tell you that the Ohio State defense is in desperate need of sure-tacklers, especially in the secondary. While it is really not that bad, they’re right – too many times the Buckeyes were susceptible to the big play due to a half-effort attempt of a tackle.

Unlike many young defensive backs, Bell is already an elite tackler and can really lay down some wood. During his senior year of high school, he compiled 133 tackles (5.0 for loss) and three interceptions.

Not only does he bring the hard-hitting element that Ohio State needs, but he has outstanding closing speed (runs a 4.45 40-yard dash) that allows him to be a threat in the backfield, as well as a run-stopper.

Bell’s performances earned him a spot in the Under Armour All-American game, where he nearly took home MVP honors after wreaking havoc on anyone who tried to throw the ball his way.

Bell becomes the 26th member of Meyer’s recruiting class, which is arguably the best in the nation at this point. He joins Eli Apple, Gareon Conley, Trey Johnson, Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, Joey Bosa, Cam Burrows, Marcus Baugh, Evan Lisle, Ezekiel Elliot and Mike Mitchell as Ohio State commits ranked inside ESPN’s 150 prospects.

Check out his highlight video here.

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