The Ohio State Buckeyes need to get 5-star safety Vonn Bell to The Horseshoe for a game in Columbus at some point this season if they want to win him over.
Bell is one of the most highly touted defensive prospects in the 2013 recruiting class—he's the No. 3 safety, according to 247Sports.com—and he'd be a massive addition to Urban Meyer's 2013 recruiting class. He has the potential to be a superstar at the college level, so he's obviously a big-time target for the Buckeyes.
The issue for Ohio State is it's not the only program that's after Bell's commitment, according to Bill Kurelic of 247Sports.com:
Bell has narrowed his very long and impressive list of scholarship offers down to Ohio State, Tennessee and Alabama.
“I think all three are dead even,” (Coach Mark) Mariakis said. “I’m not sure if he will take official visits to all three, but he will visit Ohio State because he’s been to Alabama and Tennessee a number of times.”
There is a possibility Bell could make an official visit to Ohio State when the Buckeyes play Michigan on Nov. 24, but not a strong one.
The Buckeyes need to make sure this visit happens, and they need to make sure that it happens while the football season is still going on.
Kurelic also quoted Mariakis saying that Bell has never been to a game at Ohio State, and that truly is a shame. It also could be the one thing that would separate OSU from the likes of Tennessee and Alabama, which is why it's so important that Meyer gets Bell to a game as soon as possible.
Let's make no mistake about it, out-recruiting the SEC and especially Alabama is no easy task, even for a recruiter as good as Meyer. He's going to need to find every advantage possible when it comes to pitching Bell on OSU, and there may be no better way to experience Ohio State than to go to a game.
Bell needs to see the game-day experience. He needs to go in the locker room and listen to Meyer coach up his team. He needs to walk out of the tunnel and stand on the sideline. He needs to hear the roar of the Ohio State crowd and truly be able to imagine himself playing at The Horseshoe.
The fact that Bell hasn't made it to an Ohio State game yet isn't good for the Buckeyes, especially since he's been to both Alabama and Tennessee. That needs to change.
However Meyer is able to do it, he desperately needs to convince Bell to visit Ohio State during the season.