Ohio State Football Recruiting: Why Buckeyes Need to Sign Vonn Bell

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 26, 2013

Vonn Bell. 247sports.com
Vonn Bell. 247sports.com

Vonn Bell is one of the best uncommitted players in the nation, and if Ohio State football wants to improve its defense, it needs to sign him.

Bell is the 27th overall player in the nation and the second-ranked safety, according to 247 Sports.

The 6'0", 190-pound safety is considering Tennessee and Alabama, in addition to Ohio State,

Bell is considered an elite safety, with incredible athleticism. He has great ball skills and is already comfortable in coverage, according to B/R's Full Ride

It's clear that the Buckeyes need Bell. Their defense ranked No. 76 in the nation in passing yards allowed per game. That's worse than it looks, because the Big Ten conference lacks elite passers.

Bell has the kind of elite talent that could make him an instant starter in Columbus. He has NFL-type skills and would add a dynamic playmaker to the Buckeyes secondary. 

Ohio State was an elite team last season, going undefeated. NCAA sanctions kept it out of the championship game, but they surely would have been there otherwise.

The Buckeyes return the core of their team, including star quarterback Braxton Miller. 

This is a team that will likely go far again next season.

But Bell would put them over the top.

He would shore up a defense that was shaky at times. While it was fine going up against the weak offenses of the Big Ten, it would not be enough against some of the SEC powerhouses like Alabama or Texas A&M. Adding an elite cover safety like Bell would improve Ohio State's defense overnight. 

Bell is still young, and he will go through inevitable growing pains. He won't become a star on the first day of spring ball.

But he does have the athleticism and talent needed to make a significant impact early on in his career. 

Bell is not a savior, but he's the closest thing to it available. He'll shore up a shaky defense and ensure that they're able to compete with the heavyweights of the SEC.

Signing Bell would ensure the Buckeyes are title contenders going forward. Signing Bell is a necessity.