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Urban Meyer, Ohio State Swoop in and Pick up Commitment from Vonn Bell

Andrew Weber – USA Today Sports

Urban Meyer and Ohio State added to their stellar group of defensive back recruits with the addition of  the No. 4 safety in the nation, Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga., Ridgeland) who committed to the Buckeyes over Tennessee and Alabama.

The Volunteers were thought to be a strong favorite for Bell after he visited Butch Jones and the Volunteer campus at the end of January before Meyer swept in and closed the deal with Bell.

Bell grew up a fan of Tennessee, and knew he was in a special place when he attended a Vols basketball game when the crowd found out he was in attendance and started chanting his name. That’s a pretty good feeling for a high school senior faced with the biggest decision of his short life.

However, at the end of the day Bell turned down his boyhood team in favor of playing in the Big Tenwhere his ability to line up in the box and give support in the run game will be a vital asset to the Buckeye defense that will rely on him to contribute right away.

The Big Ten is known as a ground-and-pound conference where big running backs are commonplace, and while spread offenses are taking over in other parts of the country, Bell is the perfect type of safety to have success as a run defender initially, as he develops into a complete safety in pass coverage.

Bell gives the Buckeyes four of the top defensive back recruits in the nation and will be one of the younger secondary’s in the nation next season, but also one with the most talent.

Mariano Rivera may be the best closer in baseball, but make no mistake about it, Meyer closes like no other when it comes to recruiting.

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