Ohio State Football Recruiting: Vonn Bell Is Most Important Undecided Prospect

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2013

Ohio State has already put together a great recruiting class for 2013, but it will be even better with the addition of Vonn Bell.

According to 247 Sports, the safety is a 4-star prospect and is the No. 3 safety in the nation. However, his impact would go beyond just that. 

Bell is an incredible playmaker in the passing game. He has great closing speed that allows him to take risks and make up for it later. In addition, he can make a play on the ball when quarterbacks attempt to throw past him.

In addition, the young player already has very good hands for his position and has the ability to force a lot of interceptions at the next level. 

Last season, Ohio State struggled at defending the pass. The defense ranked No. 76 in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, which was especially bad considering the lack of elite passers in the Big Ten.

While the team did force 14 interceptions, it could use even more if it wants to take a step toward being elite.

Bell is the type of player that can transform a defense with his ability to make game-changing plays.

The Georgia native also has a chance to play early in his collegiate career at Ohio State due to a lack of depth. Most of the secondary was filled with upperclassmen, so there will be open spots in the starting lineup as soon as his second season with the squad.

If he performs well enough, he could see the field immediately.

Fortunately, that is the exact message that the coaching staff is sending to the young player. After his recent visit to Columbus, Bell told Kipp Adams of ESPN:

Urban Meyer said he needed me there and that they have no depth next year, so they need players like me that can get it done. Ohio State definitely still has a chance to sign me. You would have to be crazy to give up on Coach Urban like that.

This definitely sounds like encouraging news for the Buckeyes.

Bell is still considering Alabama and Tennessee, and both schools appear to be tough competition for the safety's services.

However, one advantage that Ohio State has is that it does not have many positions left to fill. With 22 commitments already, the staff can focus its resources on getting key players like Bell.

This would be a huge addition to the recruiting class. Urban Meyer and company need to make sure they secure a commitment to help set up the defense for the next few years.

Note: Photos courtesy of 247 Sports.