Urban Meyer isn’t shy when it comes to recruiting, and that stayed true when he picked 5-star safety Vonn Bell from Georgia to join the Ohio State Buckeyes’ ridiculous recruiting class.
Bell, the No. 4 safety in the nation for the class of 2013 (Rivals), chose Ohio State over the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.
When a premier recruit spurns the country’s best football conference – yet alone the top program, being Alabama – some heads are going to turn. But then again, Meyer is notorious for “stealing” prospects away from opposing schools.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Bell is going to be a star on the Ohio State defense sooner than later. He’s an impact player with the ability to make game-breaking plays at any given moment.
His outstanding athleticism and versatility would allow him to play either safety or cornerback. However, with both Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett’s extreme inconsistencies, Bell will have the chance to earn playing time at safety immediately.
The Buckeyes are in huge need of sure-tacklers in the secondary. Bell fits that need: during his senior year of high school, he compiled 133 tackles (5.0 for loss). He is a hard hitter and has a nose for the ball.
Not only will he be an asset as a big hitter, but Bell is an excellent coverage defender. His great closing speed gives opponents little room for yards after catch, but that’s only if he doesn’t get his hands on the ball first.
Bell is an all-around athlete that will give Ohio State yet another dangerous weapon on defense.