- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
When Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) announced he was planning to take official visits to Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee shortly after his team’s state runner-up finish, BuckeyeNation said the trip to Ohio would be important.
Developments since then prove just how vital this weekend will be for the Buckeyes as they try to round out an already stellar defensive recruiting class by adding the ESPN 150 safety.
For Ohio State it really could be a case of all or nothing. Bell was very impressed with the fact Urban Meyer came to his state title game and sat with his family.
The selling job continues this weekend when Bell makes his official visit to Columbus, Ohio.
As it did back in December, the school will pull out all the stops on a weekend when a men’s basketball game against Michigan is scheduled for recruits to watch on Sunday.
It becomes extra important because the 6-foot, 190-pound Bell, who is ranked as the fifth-best safety in the nation and 61st overall, will bring his family along with him to tour the campus and get to know Ohio State better.
Bell has Alabama scheduled for an official visit the following weekend. On top of that, Nick Saban is making an in-home visit with Bell on Jan. 14.
It doesn’t take a soothsayer to figure out what this weekend means for the Buckeyes as far as immediacy and importance regarding Bell.
The fact Saban has pushed up his in-home meeting with the senior shows how much the Crimson Tide wants him.
The likelihood of Bell committing to the reigning national champions -- or even Tennessee, which has the last official visit -- goes up exponentially if he leaves the Ohio State campus without a commitment to the Buckeyes.
The good news for Ohio State is Baugh, Bosa and Marshall will be back in town on official visits as well.
Marshall, who has been a mouthpiece for the Buckeyes for almost a year now as an Ohio State commitment, was instrumental in landing inside linebacker Trey Johnson last weekend.
If Marshall and Co. can do it again, it would be a major plus for the Buckeyes.
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