March 18, 2012

Bell feeling 'blessed'



Ridgeland safety Vonn Bell is about as popular as any recruit in the country right now.

The North Georgia defender received his first offer from Georgia in January, and, in less than two months, is quickly approaching 20 offers.

The attention and opportunities are something that Bell wouldn't even consider taking for granted.

"I'm blessed to be in this position," said Bell. "I'm blessed to have the talent that I have and to have these schools that are interested in me. Its just a really good feeling to have this opportunity."

Due to the attention he has been receiving of late, Bell has made a few trips in recent weeks to learn more about each school that is recruiting him.

According to the Ridgeland standout, he is very thankful for each visit.

"I've really enjoyed seeing each school," he said. "Alabama has a great staff and I had a good time there. They are coming off a national championship and are a top program. I've also seen Tennessee, and they are in rebuilding mode and trying to be a program on the rise. Auburn is another place that is real cool. Coach Gene Chizik is a good guy and I had a good time there too."

Although Bell has visited a few schools already, he maintains that no schools lead and no one program is recruiting him harder than another.

One program he hasn't seen is the school that gave him his first offer, Georgia, and that could change very soon.

"I plan on getting in touch with Coach Mark Richt and setting up a time to go see Georgia soon, and I want to go see Vanderbilt too," said Bell. "I just have to figure out when I can go see them and whether it will be on a weekend or over spring break. My family and I just have to figure that out."

Despite the fact that the four-star prospect hasn't visited Athens yet, the memory of that first offer is still quite fresh on his mind.

"It was crazy really," he said. "They called that morning and my coach talked to me and told me UGA offered and I told him 'you have to be messing with me." I mean, it was great for Georgia, a big time program in the SEC, to offer me first."

Bell admits that he doesn't know much about each program or how they plan to use him just yet, but he does know what kind of player the school of his choice will be getting once he puts pen to paper in February.

"I think of myself as a football player," said Bell. "I have football instincts, and a football mind. I love just being around the game of football. I like being coached and just playing the game, so that is the type of player I am."

The blue chip defensive back can be seen recovering and forcing fumbles and giving quarterbacks nightmare with his ball skills this fall for the Ridgeland Panthers this fall, but what happens between the white lines will have a minimal impact on Bell's decision on where he will play his college ball.

"I'm really just looking at the environment and the coaching staff," said Bell. "I want to feel comfortable and at home like a championship atmosphere. That is what I am looking for."

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