Vonn Bell signs with Ohio State UniversityRidgeland High School safety Vonn Bell, a Rivals.com 5-star recruit, committed to play football at Ohio State University on Wednesday. In the video, Bell cites coach Urban Meyer's undefeated season last year as a reason for choosing OSU and he explains that he felt it would be too long before Tennessee would be competitive again. Prior to choosing OSU, Bell had narrowed more than twenty scholarship offers to Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State.
Ridgeland High School five-star recruit Vonn Bell surprised the large gathering inside the school gymnasium and a national television audience this morning by choosing Ohio State over Tennessee and Alabama.
Bell thanked the Crimson Tide and Volunteers coaching staffs for their efforts and admitted the decision was not an easy one. The 6-foot, 190-pounder, who helped lead Ridgeland to the Georgia Class AAAA championship game this past season, cited the opportunity to play for coach Urban Meyer as a major factor in his decision.
Bell, a consensus top-five safety among recruiting services, received more than 20 major college offers following a breakout junior season. He backed that up in 2012 with 89 solo tackles, 53 assists, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a team-leading 13 big hits. Offensively the wingback had 1,006 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns to go with 517 yards receiving (36.9 yards per catch) and six touchdowns.
Read more about Bell’s big decision in Thursday’s Times Free Press.
Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...