Vonn Bell Update

Miles Joseph's picture
December 6, 2012 at 4:23p
61 Comments

2013 Rossville (GA) Ridgeland S Vonn Bell is perhaps the Buckeye's top remaining target in this class. Vonn has taken some time away from the recruiting process to focus on his senior season. However, with the State semi-final this Friday and the season winding down, Bell may be very close to making a decision. I spoke with Bell's Head Coach, Mark Mariakis last night to get some information on Bell's recruitment. Here is the latest:

  • Season: "The season has gone well. We lost our first game, but have rolled off 12 straight wins since due to the player's focus and motivation."
  • Vonn: "He brings a great football player to our team, he's a kid that makes plays and brings a competitive mindset to the table. He doesn't think he's ever going to lose. At the end of games when it's close, he wants the ball in his hands or to make the big play on defense."
  • Recruiting: "He has done nothing recently, he has cut it off for two months. He hasn't taken calls or anything. I think after the season they'll make a decision . He knows everything he needs to know and has all of his questions answered."
  • Officials: "From talking to him, I think he's just going to take an official to the school he commits to. Like I said, he has all of his questions answered."
  • Finalists: "I think they all bring something different. Tennessee brings the emotion card, he has always been a fan, that's what they have going on. Ohio State has been one of the top schools since day one. He has a close relationship with coach Meyer too. Alabama is Alabama they are the best college football team in the country, every big time player would want an opportunity to play there. It's whatever option feels best for him. There's no bad option in the top three."
  • Factors: "I think just the comfort level with the coaching staff at each school, where he feels most comfortable, and the university as a whole."
  • Tennessee Coach: "I don't know about that. I think they'll have a new coach in place by the time he's ready to decide, so I'm not sure it will play a huge factor."
  • Decision making process: "A few days after the season, I'll sit down with Vonn and his family and we'll talk about setting up a time to make a decision. His family has been very open with me when discussing the process."
  • Coaches: "They've still been calling, texting, and stopping by practice, but they know the season is still going on and they won't be bringing the Saban's, the Meyer's, and whoever the new Tennessee coach is in until the season wraps up because they know to give Vonn his space. He has been in close contact with the three schools though."

I will be in close contact with Bell's coach as the situation progresses. Check back for more details when he season comes to an end.

 

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hodge's picture

"I think they all bring something different. Tennessee brings the emotion card, he has always been a fan, that's what they have going on. Ohio State has been one of the top schools since day one. He has a close relationship with coach Meyer too. Alabama is Alabama they are the best college football team in the country, every big time player would want an opportunity to play there. It's whatever option feels best for him. There's no bad option in the top three."

Really think his closeness with Meyer's going to be a deciding factor for us--the guy's said that he wants to coach one day, so the fact that he's close to Meyer is huge.  Not to mention the fact that he chose to come here on his own dime for his only camp of the summer is also looking good for us.
Really liking our chances here.

TheTenYearWar's picture

Wait why is being closer to Meyer any more important than being close to Saban?

DMcDougal24's picture

do you ever stop trolling?

TheTenYearWar's picture

I'm legitimately interested in why that might be the case.  Maybe Meyer is an advocate for young coaches, or maybe OSU players are more likely to come back and coach.   That's not trolling.

DMcDougal24's picture

Reading through your comments, I doubt that to be the case. Very well though

Nick's picture

There are a number of former Ohio State players as coaches or involved in college sports not sure about Bama

hodge's picture

@THETENYEARWAR -
No, I was making an inference on his purported "relationship" with Meyer.  He's constantly said that one of his goals is to be a coach after his career ends, and Meyer is the singular head coach that he's mentioned having a great relationship with.  Again, it seems like he holds Meyer in high regard; all we hear about 'Bama is that they're a power, and he'll succeed there.
It's an inference on my part, but based on all that's been said about him during the process, I simply like where we stand.  I'm not going to be heartbroken if he goes to 'Bama; but the kid seems like he has a good head on his shoulders, and I'll always root for those guys to  be Buckeyes.
Plus, there's also the fact that Alex projected him to be the next Ed Reed.  I'm okay with that, as well.

Squirrel Master's picture

Plus with Meyer it is always a key point when its said a recruit has a good relationship with him. I remember Tressel and his staff was on par with Urban and Florida when they were recruiting Sharrif Floyd. Floyd really liked OSU but he also liked Urban. Urban met with him like the day or two before NSD, I can't remember which, and Urban sold him with that relationship.
I'm sure once seasons are over and recruits start to become more open to recruiting over the next couple of months, Urban will come in, visit with them and close the deal.
I also think urban is a Glengarry Glen Ross fan because he uses the ABC! Always be closing!
 

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cinserious's picture

Let's not bring back up Sharrif Floyd and Urban's infamous 'dream'. Remember, Urban Meyer is a good guy now.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

Squirrel Master's picture

just saying, that weapon is on our side now and Lurban better use the force!

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

buckz4evr's picture

I remember at the time Sharrif adamantly denied that story.

tennbuckeye19's picture

With Bell we have repeatedly heard it mentioned that he has a great relationship with Meyer and that is one of the top reasons he likes OSU. But when Bama is mentioned, nothing about Saban is mentioned, just that Alabama is Alabama.

hodge's picture

Not saying that it is.  What I'm trying to say is that--from the getgo, and throughout his entire recruitment--Bell's been constantly linked to having a very close relationship with Meyer.  I haven't heard anything like that with Saban, the constant refrain with him at 'Bama is "Well, 'Bama's 'Bama, and they're the best team out there."  Not once have I heard anyone close to him speak to his relationship with Saban being similar to his relationship with Meyer.
In other words, exactly what TENNBUCKEYE said haha.

jkrk's picture

Because on the off chance you have a seizure from heat exhaustion Meyer will help you, but Saban will just step over you.

cinserious's picture

Man I sure hope Meyer is the deciding factor. Urbs brings a certain human element to the equation, unlike Nick 'step over his dying player' Satan.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

jkrk's picture

Ha! Sorry, just saw this right after I posted mine. 

Alex's picture

Great work by Miles here...IMO Tennessee is out...no way he decides to go there without a head coach in place or a relationship with that coach....I think this is Bama vs OSU....remember he was at OSU this summer for a few days so he's seen everything and has a really good relationship with the coaches...he was at a few Bama games this year so they definitely have the "favorite" card to the naked eye....this will be a close one

lljjgg's picture

Alex (or Miles or Derek if any of you see this):

Do you guys think we're out for Redfield (or that we were ever really pursuing him in the first place)? It seemed like there was a bit of smoke there for a day or so (where he mentioned to someone over at Rivals or 247 earlier this week that he hadn't been offered by OSU but they were a favorite), and since then they haven't been brought up for him again (and in a subsequent interview he mentioned ND [who some people say he's a lock to], USC and Oregon again, but no OSU). Do you guys get the sense that it was a hot topic for a minute but OSU isn't pursuing him?

I also wonder, if they've had a chance to pursue him, but decided it wasn't worth it if they feel really good about where they're at with Bell? Just some thoughts I'm curious about, don't want to read too much into the lack of news I suppose.

Miles Joseph's picture

Don't think OSU is in the lead. I think OSU is waiting on Bell. If Bell goes to Bama, I could see OSU making a push for Redfield.

buckeye76BHop's picture

That sucks to hear...I'm assuming they'll offer Redfield soon then as a back up plan.  

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Rumors flying here in TN that Kirby Smart is in the mix for the UT job. If he goes to UT he would already have a relationship with Bell and the emotion card on his side. I don't feel confident about this one. Just my opinion. 

cinserious's picture

Butch Jones from Cincy took the Tenn job. To little to late to sway Bell that way. He either chooses Bama based on what they accomplished recently or OSU for what we will accomplish starting in '13 and going forward.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

chromedomebuck's picture

If you had asked me a month ago, I would've said OSU. Now, I feel pretty comfortable guessing Bama. I'd love to be wrong. And I'm not a chicken little. OSU would be OK if we don't get him, but I'd much rather have him! Seems like a good kid to me. 
I feel a little bit better when I read "he knows everything he needs to know" because he was at OSU a few times early on in his recruitment. But all of these visits to Bama to watch games regardless of proximity or free admission or whatever makes it look like Bama is the team to beat.

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Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

I think I would be very suprised if Bell chose OSU at this point.  He has been to so many Alabama games and went to the lackluster Iron Bowl instead of The Game (I would assume we invited him, but I guess I don't know for sure).  The only scenerio I can think of as to why he'd go to so many Alabama games and still pick OSU would be: maybe OSU is his #1 and Alabama is a close #2 and he wants to be sure...but I just don't see that as reality.

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hodge's picture

Well, to be fair, it's infinitely easier to make the trip from Chattanooga, TN to Tuscaloosa, AL (which is about 3 hours) that it is to Columbus, OH (which is about 7 hours).  A trip to a 'Bama game could be accomplished in a single day, or possibly stretched out into a two-day trip; a trip to Columbus is--if you're not flying--at least a two day affair, and is a lot more of a pain when you've got high school playoffs going.

Hayze's picture

This. I honestly think this is a case where you watch what they say, not what they do.
I think people are making way to big of a deal about the Bama visits.
He said he shut off recruiting for two months so I even wonder if the visits to Bama were actually "recruiting visits" or just to go watch the game.

Alex's picture

reason I think this is still alive: Urban Frank Meyer

buckeye76BHop's picture

I really hope so...OSU needs a player like Bell...Redfield would be ok but that's assuming he'll come.  

"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 

Zimmy09's picture

Interesting how he mentioned how his comfortable level with the coaches as a major factor: 
 "I think just the comfort level with the coaching staff at each school, where he feels most comfortable, and the university as a whole."
And then said this about each school:
"I think they all bring something different. Tennessee brings the emotion card, he has always been a fan, that's what they have going on. Ohio State has been one of the top schools since day one. He has a close relationship with coach Meyer too. Alabama is Alabama they are the best college football team in the country, every big time player would want an opportunity to play there. It's whatever option feels best for him. There's no bad option in the top three."
 
No where in the other 3 schools does he mention the coaching staff.  

TheTenYearWar's picture

I think you may be reading too much into that.

Zimmy09's picture

Yep I may be but that is why I just said it was interesting 

OSUBias's picture

No human can have a close relationship with Saban. That guy is drier than a popcorn fart.

Shitter's full

sir rickithda3rd's picture

does he care about playing time?

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

cinserious's picture

This next GIF is my favorite of all time. I wish all our top recruiting targets see this (how could you not get excited?). At the same time, you know it strikes fear into the hearts and minds of college coaches from coast to coast.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

osubuckeye4life's picture

Exactly, Urbz is the closer. 

ClevelandGuy's picture

+1 if I could upvote, I definitely would

born and raised in Cleveland

Alpo's picture

Love that! Urban is saying "This is THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY! COME PLAY FOR ME!!!"

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I love that confident smirk on his face :)

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

jkrk's picture

I love trying to put myself in the shoes of every other fanbase in the country seeing this gif. LOL, they must hate him soooooo bad. To turn a phrase, "Deal With It."

Citrus's picture

In this giff, Urbz reminds me of the T-1000. John Connor better watch out.

http://gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs6/2621718_o.gif

BeijingBucks's picture

Awesomesauce.  I love the way his name and title fade up just as makes the point.

 

 

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Bucks43201's picture

After reading the coach's comments, I think it's between OSU & Bama. I think Tennessee is out, but the coach just wouldn't say so. He essentially did when he was asked about the new coach at Tennessee, he replied: "I don't know about that. I think they'll have a new coach in place by the time he's ready to decide, so I'm not sure it will play a huge factor." 

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Alpo's picture

I like whatVonn has been saying about us, and the fact that we didn't go after Redfield. Still vey nervous about it, but I feel UFM lows a lot that we don't... Here's to hoping!
 
Also I heard a rumor that Vonn was gonna decide on the 12th. Anyone else hear this? 

ohhiyo's picture

Okay i'm not sure if this is just me but i am so sick and tired of hearing "rumors are that blah blah blah" is gonna be the next tennessee coach. I think since 2 months ago i have heard at least 10 coaches possibly being the next coach. Maybe Urban will be the next rumor.

KeithMC33's picture

Well it looks like they hired butch jones, so that should be the end of those rumors for a little while. Hopefully this gives the edge to the buckeyes!!

cinserious's picture

WE want YOU! MR. Vonn Bell!

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

Joshy614's picture

Butch Jones doesn't bring any big-name excitement, imho

Miles Joseph's picture

I think UT made a great hire

TNbuckeye91's picture

Down here in tn they've been acting like butch jones was their first choice...

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

I don't know if Bell is the bucks biggest remaining target.  I think any 4 star linebacker would be more important especially considering how good this class' secondary is already looking.

Joshy614's picture

someone on Bucknuts posted that Bell has decided already .. wonder if any of y'all have insight about that rumor

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Yeah he decided he knows for sure he wants to play football in college. No sense in speculating on his decision till the grey box comes. I hate rumors.

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Woody4's picture

Oooooo,  that's a Bingo!!!

Oyster's picture

I love that movie.

SPreston2001's picture

One of my fav movies!!

gobucks96's picture

Watch thesafety redfield play from the staff. If OSU shows signs of going after him, they know Bell's not coming to OSU.. If not, they would have to feel confident.

LouGroza's picture

Just read that Redfield is 50/50 USC and ND.

FROMTHE18's picture

Like everyone else, really trying to get a read on Bell but its real difficult. Definitely between Bama and OSU i feel, and its really just a coin flip. Wish we had a bit more of a hint as to where he is leaning.