- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Earlier this month, ESPN 150 defensive back Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) announced via his head coach that he had a top three of Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee. On Friday, Bell discussed why each college was atop his list of offers under consideration.
Alabama: “They are the No. 1 team in the nation. Coach Nick Saban is about business. He knows what it takes to get his guys to the next level. And you know they are going to get the job done. They bring in elite players and they are national championship winners. That is all I can say.”
Ohio State: “You saw what Coach Urban Meyer was able to do at Florida. He took a break, but all I see is a national championship in the Buckeyes’ future. I know he is going to bring in elite players and do it big there. I just spoke to Coach (Everett) Withers Thursday, and he wished me good luck in my game. He wished he could be down here to watch me, but he said he would be down during their bye week. As far as distance is concerned, you have to become a man one day, so at some point it is time to get out of the house. This is a business, so if you want to get to the next level you have to do whatever it takes and whatever is best for you.”
Tennesessee: "With Tennessee it is about tradition. I have always liked Tennessee and I talked to Coach [Derek] Dooley Thursday, and he wished me luck. I spoke to Coach [Derrick] Ansley this morning and Coach [Josh] Conklin is out here tonight, so they are just showing me love."
In a 42-21 win over Cedartown, the 6-foot, 185-pound prospect had 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns on offense, a 49-yard kickoff return on special teams, and ten tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense.
“We just made a statement tonight,” Bell said. “Cedartown came in with big heads, and I told my teammates to go hard every snap and just do whatever your assignment is. The scoreboard says we got it done tonight. I did pretty well but I could always do better.”
The next day, Bell took a visit to Auburn for the game against LSU. Although he recently named a top three of Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee, Bell admits he has not closed the door on any programs just yet. He says schools like Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Auburn are recruiting him just as hard as his leaders.
“I am keeping things open,” Bell said. “I have not set any official visit dates yet. Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee are all going to get official visits, and beyond that I will keep it open. I am not sure if I will take all five officials, but we will do whatever is best.”
Up next for the No. 60 prospect in the country is a trip to Athens.
“I will be attending the Tennessee vs. Georgia game and I am excited about seeing my boy [Devin] Bowman,” Bell said.
He says the next step will be his decision, but has set no date for his commitment.
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