It's hard not to call National Signing Day 2013 a raging success for Ohio State so far. Sure, they lost 3-star athlete Taivon Jacobs, who citing family reasons, elected to decommit from the Buckeyes. And who know's what's up with P Johnny Townsend. But more impressively, they added 4-star wide receiver James Clark and then followed it up with one of the real coups of NSD '13, by landing 5-star safety, Vonn Bell.
Whether you're a recruiting aficionado or not, however, it's hard not to get excited about a development like the one profiled above. Bell's journey was an odd one: it was thought for the better part of the last 6 months that Bell was almost assuredly an Alabama lean (and some rumors had gone as far as to suggest he was a super secret silent verbal, or some such nonsense). Of course, once Urban Meyer was able to get Bell on campus, everything seemed to change. A few weeks later, Meyer talked Bell out of a visit to Georgia, and all the gears seemed in motion.
An end of the recruiting process trip to Tennessee, the team he'd grown up rooting for, seemed to mean one last potential sea change for Bell. But for all the wishful thinking on the part of the Tennessee faithful, the 5-star safety ultimately pulled the trigger on the decision to attend Ohio State. Bell would later call the move "a business decision" and that while his heart was in Knoxville, he knew what was best for his long term professional aspirations was 3-4 years of development under Urban Meyer.
Welcome to the Ohio State family, Vonn.