5-star safety Vonn Bell is one of the biggest names in the 2013 college football class, which means that, naturally, the Alabama Crimson Tide are making a strong impression with him.
Charles Power of 247Sports reports that Bell visited Alabama for the second time to watch their SEC opener against Ole Miss, and he's apparently starting to feel pretty comfortable with the program:
The north Georgia standout notes that his level of familiarity with the Crimson Tide has increased with his last two trips to the Capstone.
“I’m familiar with everything. I talked to coach Nick Saban, coach Kirby Smart, coach Lance Thompson—all those guys. I’m pretty familiar with everything and we have good relationships. They wanted me to watch how they play defense and change their defensive backs. We had a really good conversation. It’s not always about Alabama football—it’s about life sometimes.”
At this point, it's pretty obvious as to what Alabama can offer stud recruits, but I'll go ahead and list them anyhow.
Nick Saban is arguably the best coach in college football, Alabama won the national championship last season, they are ranked No. 1 in the current AP Poll, and with the way Saban recruits, the Crimson Tide should be perennial contenders for the national championship.
Alabama essentially can pitch itself to big-time recruits, so when they can get a kid to come in and visit—twice now in the case of Bell—it would almost feel like an unfair advantage.
There's nothing unfair about this though. It just points to how good Saban and the Crimson Tide are at recruiting.
The kicker here is Bell has Ohio State and Tennessee over Alabama on his list according to 247sports, so how does Saban draw the 5-star safety in?
Urban Meyer and OSU are starting to look very respectable, especially after their Big Ten opening win against Michigan State. Just look how Eric Berry succeeded as a safety at Tennessee (14 interceptions and three touchdowns in three years).
Those are two very big selling points, but if it came down to it, Saban and Alabama still have the better pitch.
As respectable of a program as Meyer is building at Ohio State, Saban does not have to build anything. His program is already respectable, to say the least.
Bell would just have to show up, get coached by the best and be part of a national championship contender year after year. Sure, the wait to get on the field as a starter may be a bit longer, but it's well worth it to be a major factor on a contending team your junior or senior year.
If it comes down to producing NFL talent, just look at how many of Saban's defenders were taken high in last year's NFL Draft—four in the first two rounds, including safety Mark Barron who went No. 7 overall.
Everything Alabama has to offer is superior and elite talent knows it.
It's an easy pitch for Saban.
Go ahead and try to be part of a rebuild or come with us and have an inside track to the national championship and the NFL.
In the end, I believe that pitch will be strong enough to get Bell to commit to the Crimson Tide.