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Is Alabama the Best Bet Among 5-Star DB Von Bell's Final 3 Schools?

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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 10, 2012

Von Bell is a 5-star safety and is highly regarded as one of the better defensive backs in the 2013 college football recruiting class, so it would make perfect sense if he decided to play football for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The obvious reasons are hard to ignore. They are the defending national champions, boast elite defenses that produce NFL talent year after year and are coached by Nick Saban. What's not to like?

Bell hasn't made any decisions yet, but he has narrowed his list down to a lucky three and, according to Kipp Adams of ESPN.com, Alabama has made the cut:

Back in June, ESPN 150 defensive back Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) trimmed his list of more than 20 offers to seven. On Saturday, his head coach, Mark Mariakas, released a top three for the 6-foot, 185-pound safety.

In no order, Vonn Bell's list is now Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee, Mariakas said.

Out of those three schools, Alabama is hands down the best fit for the talented defensive back.

The biggest factor that should play into Bell's decision is the the needs of each school's current 2013 class.

While Alabama does have a very strong class—No. 6 in the nation, according to Rivals.com—what it doesn't have is a safety locked up yet. The only defensive back in Saban's class right now is 4-star Maurice Smith, and he's a corner. Conversely, both Ohio State and Tennessee have a safety already committed to each of its respective classes.

Second, and probably just as important, is style of play.

Bell's natural position is free safety, and he's an incredible ball hawk. He has great speed and athleticism that allow him to make plays in the defensive secondary, and Alabama's aggressive style of defense would fit him best.

Saban loves to create havoc in the offensive backfield by applying a ton of pressure via blitzing linebackers combining with the Tide's powerful, athletic defensive linemen. That style of play leads to many errant throws by quarterbacks under pressure, so Bell would have a ton of opportunities to make big plays.

Lastly, those big plays would come under a very big spotlight.

While Ohio State is on the way up with Urban Meyer at the helm, it is still a few years away from the national championship scene. Tennessee, while improving, will have a tough time competing in the SEC, let alone for a championship.

Picking Alabama just makes far too much sense for an elite defensive prospect like Bell.

If it comes down to the aforementioned factors, I expect the Crimson Tide to receive his commitment over Ohio State and Tennessee.

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