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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Urban Meyer beats SEC for Vonn Bell

By Jared Shanker & Brad Bournival

Urban Meyer is making Georgia a priority, and he landed a major piece from the Peach State on signing day when ESPN 150 Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) pledged to the Buckeyes.

Bell, No. 50 in the ESPN 150, committed to the Buckeyes over Alabama and Tennessee. The Tide were considered the favorites just a few weeks ago, and many felt Tennessee led for Bell at the end as the Volunteers were always near the top for Bell.

What is the impact of Bell's decision nationally?
What it means for Ohio State: In a word, everything. With Bell now in the fold, the 2013 recruiting class brings four ESPN 150 defensive backs to the team. Included in that list are five-star cornerback Eli Apple along with four-star cornerbacks Cam Burrows and Gareon Conley. Throw in ESPN 300 safety Jayme Thompson and it’s easy to see where Ohio State’s strength will be.

What it means for Alabama and Tennessee: This doesn’t hurt the Crimson Tide so much as they are swimming in defensive backs. It certainly hurts Tennessee, but on a personal level as well as they lost a player right out of their backyard.

Turning point: It happened in December at Bell’s state championship game. Urban Meyer was the first coach at the game and sat with the family. That had a huge impact on Bell, who scheduled the Buckeyes for his first official visit.

Surprise (scale of 1-5): 3. Alabama was the first reported “leader” for Bell and then Tennessee was said to be in the lead. With Ohio State securing him, it became a big coup for the Buckeyes.

Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 5. Meyer doesn’t like to redshirt many and he’s not class-loyal to players. If you’re a freshman and are good enough to play -- or even start -- the two-time national champion will put you out there. If Bell isn’t in the defensive backfield next fall, he’ll likely be on special teams.