Alabama Crimson Tide: Vonn Bell

SEC recruiting primer

February, 6, 2013
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Bold Prediction for the SEC:

Ole Miss' class will eventually be ranked in the top five nationally with the addition of No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson and possibly ESPN 150 prospects Chris Jones from Houston (Miss.) High and Antonio Conner from Batesville (Miss.) South Panola.

SEC East

Florida
Biggest need: Florida wants immediate help at defensive tackle. Jarran Reed from Scooba (Miss.) East should be able to provide that if he decides to sign with the Gators on national signing day.
Biggest recruit: The Gators have two five-star commitments: cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III from Tampa (Fla.) Wharton and running back Kelvin Taylor from Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades. No other school in the country can say that.

Georgia
Biggest need: The Bulldogs would like to pick up another top offensive lineman. They looked destined to land Laremy Tunsil from Lake City (Fla.), but the competition has heated up for him lately.
Biggest recruit: With 12 ESPN 300 commitments, Georgia has plenty of star power. However, it's impossible to overvalue the commitment of Brice Ramsey from Kingsland (Ga.) Camden, a quarterback the Bulldogs can build around.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN 150 linebacker Reuben Foster kicked off signing day week with a commitment to Alabama on Monday night. However, the real fun begins on Wednesday when the recruits sign and fax their letters of intent to the schools they choose.

Alabama already has 23 commitments for 2013, but the Crimson Tide are expected to finish strong. Who else will they add on signing day?

In good shape

RB Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross): It’s always been Alabama and Georgia for Kamara. UGA is the hometown school, but he’s more than comfortable with the Tide’s program. Kamara spent nearly a week in Tuscaloosa in August during fall camp. He has visited multiple times, including a surprise trip this past weekend with Foster. He says the potential depth chart at running back are a non-issue, and Alabama plans to utilize him in a variety of ways.
Prediction: Alabama
Announcement time: 2:35 p.m. CT

NSD TV announcement schedule

January, 31, 2013
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National signing day is just around the corner on Feb. 6. That day, a number of the nation’s top football recruits will announce their college destinations and 18 ESPN 300 prospects are scheduled to do so on ESPNU.

Below is the full schedule of announcements on ESPNU, which kicks off with the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, making his long-awaited decision at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Note: All times are Eastern

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It’s just a week until national signing day, and the University of Alabama added another key piece to its 2013 class when four-star athlete Eddie Jackson committed to the Crimson Tide over LSU on Wednesday.

Alabama’s class now has 22 commitments and room for just a few more. Who will fill those remaining spots before next week?

This week’s O-zone looks at how Jackson’s commitment affects the rest of the class, which position is still a priority for the Tide and what surprise junior college prospect could sign with the Tide.


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The Uncommitteds: Vonn Bell 

January, 30, 2013
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Vonn BellMiller Safrit/ESPNESPN 150 defensive back Vonn Bell brings explosive ability that the Crimson Tide and his two other finalists, Ohio State and Tennessee, covet.
Editor's note: From now until signing day, TideNation will examine the remaining uncommitted prospects still considering the University of Alabama. Today, we look at ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For talented safety Vonn Bell, Alabama is simply Alabama. The championships, the draft picks and the defense need no further explanation.

"Alabama speaks for itself," he said.

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DB Bell excited about Vols under Jones 

January, 30, 2013
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The official visits and in-home visits are over for ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland). Ohio State was thought to have an early lead for the 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back, then Alabama surged ahead last fall. Over the last week however, a new frontrunner might have emerged.


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Vonn Bell sets announcement time 

January, 29, 2013
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After taking his official visits to Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee, ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) is getting closer to choosing his future home. The 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back was thought to be leaning toward the Crimson Tide before taking his last official visit to see Tennessee, whom he has been a longtime fan of.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After hosting back-to-back important official visitor weekends, the University of Alabama looked on this weekend as many of their remaining 2013 targets visited other schools such as Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It’s stretch time for the University of Alabama. With the exception of five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, the Crimson Tide have hosted all of their remaining targets for official visits, and now it’s a countdown to signing day.

Over the weekend, the UA staff and commitment Bradley Bozeman agreed to a grayshirt next year, which opens up another spot in the 2013 class. The Tide now can add five, possibly six more recruits over the next two weeks.

This week’s O-zone looks at who is most likely to fill the remaining spots and also previews this weekend’s junior day in Tuscaloosa.


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Signing day primer: Alabama 

January, 23, 2013
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A little behind on the recruiting trail? Worry not -- TideNation has you covered. To catch you up on where the Alabama recruiting class of 2013 stands, we'll take you through the high points, including how the coaching staff has addressed certain needs and set the team up for seasons to come.

Team needs: With three of five starting offensive linemen and two of three defensive lineman starters off to the NFL draft, Alabama was forced to focus on finding help in the trenches. Nick Saban and the rest of the UA coaching staff had success filling those needs with the 2013 class, particularly along the offensive line. The Crimson Tide secured the commitments of four offensive linemen, one coming by way of a junior college in New York. Leon Brown, who was ranked in the top 20 of all junior college prospects by ESPN, could find himself competing for the starting right tackle job vacated by D.J. Fluker.

Derrick Henry
Derek Tyson/ESPN.comDerrick Henry is the only five-star commitment Alabama has and can fit at a variety of position.
Help is on the way: Outside of the lines, Alabama was once again in search of talented athletes to continue bringing potency to an offense that's been on a steady rise the past few years. Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon were difference makers in 2012 and there could be one or two who do the same this year. Derrick Henry, the No. 1 athlete in the country and Alabama's lone five-star commitment, could be the biggest wild card of the class. At 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, he's an option at tailback, H-back and possibly linebacker. He'll begin at running back, where he set a national career rushing yards record at Yulee High in Florida.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Vonn Bell’s official visit to Alabama over the weekend gave him and his family a chance to see the campus one more time, get their questions answered and see a side of UA head coach Nick Saban that most normally don’t see.

Ridgeland High School head coach Mark Mariakis spoke with Bell’s father on Monday to see how the official visit went.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Coming off its second straight national championship, the University of Alabama hosted a parade on Saturday to honor this year’s team. With more than 30,000 people coming into town, it was a perfect weekend to host recruits, and the Crimson Tide took advantage, hosting 12 official visitors.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With 21 commitments already on board, Alabama’s recruiting class is running out of spots.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On Monday, the University of Alabama picked up commitment No. 21 for the class of 2013 when ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams committed to the Crimson Tide following his official visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend.

With the latest addition, this year’s class is beginning to fill up fast with just a few precious spots still available. This week’s O-zone takes a look at the remaining targets, who Alabama will likely finish with and which top recruits will be on campus this weekend as the Tide celebrate their latest national championship.


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Vonn Bell spends time with finalists 

January, 15, 2013
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In a span of fewer than 72 hours, ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) spent time with coaches from each of his three finalists. First was on his first official visit, to Ohio State.


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