Vonn Bell is a Buckeye

By 11W Staff on February 6, 2013 at 10:05a



The hard-hitting safety Urban Meyer absolutely had to have is the newest member of the Silver Bullets.

Five-star Rossville (GA) Ridgeland product Vonn Bell has verbally committed to Ohio State at a Signing Day press conference this morning, filling an area of need for the roster and taking one of the most highly sought-after players in the country off of the board.

Bell is rated as the country's second best safety by the 247 Composite and was named an Under Armour All-American, starring in the nationally televised game back in the beginning of January. It was there that the Buckeyes started to make their big move on the super prospect, with Jalin Marshall, Joey Bosa, Cam Burrows, Gareon Conley, and other OSU commits forging a friendship with Bell that has lasted over the last month.

If you've followed his story you know Bell's recruitment has been an absolute roller coaster, with Alabama, Tennessee, and Ohio State all taking turns over the last month as "supposed leaders" for his services. The Buckeyes won out in the end, giving Meyer 26 25 members in the recruiting class of 2013, and wrapping up this cycle with a legitimate chance at the nation's top recruiting class.

Stay tuned to 11W throughout the day for more information regarding Bell's decision, as well as other happenings in the Ohio State recruiting world.



jmacbuckeye's picture

Bringing Bell onboard is big time. Makes this recruiting class our best since the '96 class in my opinion. Together these guys will do legendary things on the field.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

No Fly Zone Dance Party!!!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Did somebody mention Saved By the Bell!?

buck-I.8's picture

God so many attractive characters on that show and you picked Screech. 

20sider's picture

Woohoo again!


JPBucks3's picture

Absolutely huge get! So pumped for this commitment! Welcome to buckeye nation vonn bell!!

jedkat's picture

So which Vols board is the best to troll now? URBAN FREAKIN MEYER FTW!!!!!!!

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

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D-Day0043's picture


I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

ATXbucknut's picture

Wow, that is a surprise.  I love surprises. Everybody loves surprises like that.

cinserious's picture

borderline pornographic

Gone ham, be back soon...

Alhan's picture

What do you mean? He gave her a sweater!

You can kill a fly with your slipper or a cannon. Either way, the fly dies. -Ramzy

Earle's picture

To the pure all things are pure.

cinserious's picture

Guess that makes me impure. Anybody esle want to join in my nasty 'no fly zone' dance party?

Gone ham, be back soon...

Hovenaut's picture

It's glorious......welcome aboard Vonn Bell!

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Grayskullsession's picture


"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

thatlillefty's picture

Unreal... if we can hold on to EZE, will this be the #1 class?

OSUStu's picture

Great day for Buckeye Nation!  Welcome to the family Vonn!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Colonel Quaritch's picture


"The question isn't who's going to let me, it's who's going to stop me." 

johnny11's picture

outstanding v bell on board now we just got keep eze on board and will be super happy

Right Again's picture

Bruce Feldman is a dope!

dubjayfootball90's picture

my buddy was swearing by his statements, saying we would not get Bell.... I told him feldman was a bum  and just watch the announcement.... beautiful

ATXbucknut's picture

Whatever Feldman...

Right Again's picture

LOL!  Blame it on someone else...  What a clown move.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Exactly. What's the difference between Feldman's excuse and Joe Schmo apologizing for spreading a rumor by saying:

Sorry for the false alarm about Player X. Was told by some guy that he was set for University Y. (Not) my mistake.

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

no sh!t. Tries to take the credit (by steling it from one of "our recruiting guys") and be relevant by being one of the early ones to cofficially cal it. Then blames it on "our recruiting guy". All is well though, because all he has to do is say sorry and place blame. garbage- boost ego when right, no accountability when wrong. keep on guessing


buckeyedude's picture

I think it was Manti T'eo's girlfriend that told him Vonn was going to UT.



AcrossTheField11's picture

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I Just did a lap around the office and people are looking at me weird.  Awesome morning.
Welcome aboard kid.  Future All American if he keeps working hard. 
Thank you UFM.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

dubjayfootball90's picture

I just let out a huge yell, and probably scared all the little children in my apartment who got school called off today.... YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right Again's picture

LOVE this!

Urbstache's picture


Urban Warfare

Phillips.449's picture

Oh my!  That was awesome!  Urban is the man!

buckeyefan808's picture

Great things are going to happen soon.

ATXbucknut's picture

I will never doubt UFM again. Unbelievable.  Truly unbelievable.

Unky Buck's picture

Absolutely is...
And this is such a GORGEOUS image...


theobi's picture


Right Again's picture

Time will tell how it pans out, but this class is bordering on legendary!

jedkat's picture

wait for it.....

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

thatlillefty's picture

"The Buckeyes won out in the end, giving Meyer 26 members in the recruiting class of 2013, and wrapping up this cycle with a legitimate chance at the nation's top recruiting class."
So that's a wrap for the '13 class?

Squirrel Master's picture

I always believed he was all OSU. Him and Mike Mitchell just seemed to belong!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

This news is an absolute splended shock.  This settles the crazy Twitter rumor that Urban spoiled Bell's day.  

Twitter: @conquestnorman

OSUStu's picture

The Big Ten is in so much trouble.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

ATLBuckeye09's picture

NO ONE not even Saban CLOSES LIKE Urban Frank Meyer!!!! The Ohio State University has the best DLine class and the best 2ndary class! This defense will be lights out over the next 3 years!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

cinserious's picture

Add in a couple sweet-ass linebackers and the '12 class and its the foundation for the nastiest defense the nation has seen in a long time for college fb.

Gone ham, be back soon...

cinserious's picture

looks like Shazier's got some competition for best L.L Cool J. lookalike.

Gone ham, be back soon...

osubuck57's picture

Damn,this class is gonna be sick!!!


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.


you know things are bad in Vol Country when Vols fans have forum avatars of Vols fans with paper bags on their heads.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

BME_Buckeye's picture


Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


KeithMC33's picture

Holy crap! Toady is an amazing day so far, i am pumped!!! I swear if i see that video from Coach Coombs right now i might knock down a wall in my office!

tennbuckeye19's picture

I had so many UT Vol fans giving me crap about how Bell was gonna pick Tenn over OSU and that Butch Jones was the man. 

BuckeyeSki's picture


Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

theobi's picture

Seems like a classy kid too. Welcome Vonn!

Right Again's picture

Says a lot about not winning the recruiting award in April (Ala Michigan).  The finish on this class has been epic!

FLBuckeye's picture




Concord's picture

Man who would have thought after what happened with Tressel we would be sitting here so pretty now with Meyer and the bounty he has brought.
I absolutly love Meyer.

chromedomebuck's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Vonn!!!!! We are damn glad to have you! Can't wait to see you suit up for the Silver Bullets D!
Go Urban, Go Bucks! Unreal...

Champions Bleed Scarlet & Gray

Right Again's picture

OSU #1 class on Rivals now...

b_pbucksfans's picture

Welcome Mr. Bell! 

kevinfrenchfry's picture

everett withers has a new piece to put in his accomplishments portion of his resume

Bucks43201's picture

No matter what happens the rest of the day, we all know this is the #1 class in the country.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Maestro's picture

Wow, just wow.  I don't want to overhype this class, but wow.  Wish they could have landed another OLineman, but I expect that to be a HUGE focus in 2014.  Even if Elliot and Jacobs bow out I am absolutely thrilled.

vacuuming sucks

tunehtraef's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Vonn Bell!

Bucks43201's picture

Love this Bell. Born leader.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Or is this just fantasy?....... lol

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 

740 BUCKEYE's picture

...caught in a land slide...(OF OUTSTANDING LETTERS OF INTENT!!!) 

One Bad Buckeye's picture

When Bell decapitates the ball runner at 2:20....how in the world does he get up and talk smack to Bell?  Shouldn't it be the other way around?

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Not sure if anyone caught Bell in the AA game, but wow. Guy was all over the place. Great instincts. Super excited to have him in S & G. 

WezBuck28's picture

Is there a clip for those who were unable to see these announcements from Clark and Bell?

Boxley's picture

^^^^^Yes, Pleasssssssse.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Right Again's picture


WezBuck28's picture

Thank you! That sent chills clear through my body!!

USMCBUCKEYE82's picture

The young man sounds like a true class act. Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Vonn!!! Remember to stay humble and keep your head down while working relentlessly. 
So I heard about this no fly zone that the silver bullets are putting together. This commitment just sealed it. This Silver Bullet defense could be legendary!!! Here is to these young men achieving their dreams. It looks like they have the up and coming talent to do so. 

buckeyedude's picture

Vonn seems very mature and not cocky. I like that.
 I think this "victory" was huge over two SEC teams, Alabama and Tennessee. And make no mistake, this was a VICTORY!
IMHO I think this victory in recruiting may be as big as when we signed TP, simply because we went head to head with two good tems from the SEC.



CaliforniaBuckeyeGirl's picture

The Who played Baba O'Reilly last night (my favorite song) and tOSU gets Vonn Bell?!???  I CAN'T HANDLE THIS MUCH EXCITEMENT!!!
Is it September yet?

Buckifan4Life's picture

Christmas in February!

Buckifan4Life's picture

It's nice to be on THIS side of those decisions nowadays. :)

Boxley's picture

I am sitting here just absolutely stunned are you kidding me. Wilson, Clark, Bell as a closing sprint on signing day, OMG.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

BuckeyeVet's picture


"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 

brumon's picture

can anyone find a link to him commiting? I couldn't get my browser to load the live feed

Defend Youngstown's picture

This is the best defensive recruiting class in Ohio State history.

Denny's picture



BoFuquel's picture

Welcome Vonn. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

ATLBuckeye09's picture

Rivals has tOSU as #1 right now nationally! We'll see where we end up by the day's end. But all I can say is NO ONE & I MEAN NO ONE CLOSES LIKE Urban Frank Meyer!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

kr66osu's picture

I despise the Vols which makes this 2x more awesome than it already was
Nice job idiots who were reporting he had already committed to UT

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture


Michigan Sucks!

brumon's picture

Now it's time to get the BanHammer on the the Vols 247 Board!

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Have fun storming the castle!!!!

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

jaxbuckeye's picture

Wow!  I never thought we would get him and Clark.  Amazing!

abrahajc's picture

WOOOOOO so much for that tennessee tweet last night. great choice mr bell

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Ohhhh Brucey Feldman
Aint nobody got time for dat!

Michigan Sucks!

BSTP DeCon's picture

Welcome to Ohio State and thank you for making my day THAT much better, Vonn Bell. (:

Dayton Buckeye's picture

Still in shock.  What a way to close.

buckeye76BHop's picture

This is a great class...it's just sick.  I love you Urban...I want to kiss him on the lips as my daughter would say...LOL;-)

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

buckeyestu's picture

fantastic work by urban and staff, welcome vonn to the buckeye nation

GoBucks713's picture

Who is the first person he decimates?

-The Aristocrats!

jthiel09's picture

Urban F*****G Meyer ... I don't think I've had this much fun on National Signing Day ever as a Buckeye fan, just wish I didn't have to be at work.


Spirit's picture

Mr.Bell, you made a grandpa CRY HAPPY TEARS, TODAY. I hope this decision makes you feel good every day for the REST OF YOUR LIFE! We are blessed to have you.


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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

YES YES YES YES YES!  OMG what an awesome day.  Urban Freaking Meyer for the win AGAIN! 

Class of 2010.

Jangs78's picture

Im swimming in Gray Box heaven today!
Welcome, Vonn...couldnt be more excited to have you as a Buckeye!!

Vabuck213's picture

Just did two back to back fist pumps while in my grad school class here in va. Everybody including the professor stopped and stared at me and asked me what got me so excited, I told him urban Meyer is a stud and osu is gonna take over college football. He told me I was either going to pay attention to his lecture or have to leave so I got up and left. Totally worth it.

LouGroza's picture

The Bucks not only brought in 3 more great players but 3 great young men in Bell, Clark and Wilson. Welcome and congrats to all Bucks signing today!

Poison nuts's picture

This is completely & totally insane!!!! Wow!!!!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

cinserious's picture

'get it together' from the Beasty Boys. Skip to 3:37 and it says Vonn Bell's got the 'ill communication'

Gone ham, be back soon...

Dougger's picture

i can't believe this. 
is this real?

I like football

SilverBulletNYC's picture

According to ESPN, Vonn Bell just faxed his LOI to THE Ohio State University. Great day, ladies and gentlemen...great day!!!

The South will NOT rise again!

BuckNut51's picture

This kinda explains how happy I am right now...

penult's picture

"Urban Meyer is on a mission."
I like this guy.  He wants in because he wants to win.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I said this in the liveblog, but the Bell official visit thread from last month should stand as a permanent example of why obsessing on rumors and comments from irrelevant family members is in the end wasted effort. Some people were really vicious.
This is a great commitment. I haven't been thrilled to see our tradition of great safeties wane in the last several years. We're overdue for another All-American.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

ARMYBUCK's picture

What an amazing day!  Welcome Vonn Bell, so glad to have you on board the Buckeye Express!
Question,  Didnt Taivon Jacobs NEED to flip to make the numbers work and avoid us looking like the SEC?  Just curious, it appears that way to me.

KJR10's picture

wanted to stay home with his child

MediBuck's picture

Wow. Just wow. Bell is huge for us. Suddenly, I'm not so worried about this defense. :)

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

ShadyBuckeye's picture

Incredible. I havent commented on 11Warriors in 6 months because I didnt like how certain people behaved on here but I think today we can all unite and celebrate because one day we really will be holding up a crystal ball. For me personally it would literally be a dream come true to witness one while Im all grown up. Thank you Urban Meyer, you're the best! best coach, best recruiter. best thing that couldve ever happened to Ohio State! 

Rickb25's picture

I can't wait to see how all this talent turns out, love how Bell plays, he is like a bullet flying at a target, feel sorry for the rest of the BIG.