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****OK BOLers this is a weekly segment that I have arranged with what I regard as two of the best posters we have on this board. (BamaBornDukie and BAMAMANAGER). In the following weeks we will all three breakdown the top targets left on Bamas recruiting board and give you our take. We do apologize if you don’t like lengthy post, but in this case with three opinions we need to give our best breakdown of every player. We will shorten the post or maybe even post in the weekly update in seperate post. We really hope you enjoy this as there has been a ton of work and thought that goes into it. I hope the staff enjoys this as well, because this will give them a normal Bama fans point of view. We really do appreciate any support that you guys and gals can give us on this. ENJOY!
Big thanks to BBD and BamaManager for taking time away from their jobs and families and doing this for BOL subscribers. Remember we are not being paid but want to bring quality to the board.
PS: This is an open thread so please give us feedback and ideas. We all have one thing in common and thats Bama football, we want to make this the best board to get info and have a good time on. We will be rotating this feature among the three poster to make sure all 3 get their proper upvotes and credit they deserve. We will post 1-2 targets every week until NSD.
• Vonn Bell
• 5’11”, 190 pounds
• 4.45-4.49 speed
• Lean, explosive, fast-twitch athlete that is being recruited as a safety [high school position] but his body-type and skill-set seems more ideal for college CB.
• Watching his film combined with his defensive stats, he seems to be the ideal, big, physical, good in run support CB that has the athleticism to match-up well in man to man coverage against SEC WRs.
• Intelligent kid that shouldn’t have any issues learning Bama’s complex defensive schemes.
• Became a full-time 2-way player after playing primarilyon defense in 2011
• 147 tackles (89 solo), 3 INT, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 5 tackles for loss, 5 pass break-ups
• 91 carries, 1,056 rushing yards, 13 rushing TDs,
• 22 receptions, 735 yards, 9 TDs
• 119 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 5 fumble returns for TD
• In-home visit from Bama on Jan 14th
• Official visit to Bama on Jan 18th
Typically, I have a good handle on the better prospects in Georgia due to knowing players and coaches in the ATL Metro area as well as attending various camps and games as a spectator. Bell is different in that he actually lives in Tennessee and attends Ridgeland High School on the Georgia/Tennessee line [about 5 miles outside of Chattanooga]. He’s down to Bama, Ohio State and Tennessee.
As of today, my forecast:
Ohio State 40%
• Von Bell – As I watched the film I could locate of Von he immediately reminded me somewhat of Keenan Allen, a player I had the privilege to watch on numerous occasions in high school. As with Allen, he plays both ways rarely coming off the field. He was utilized as a centerfield type safety, and his athleticism had him being utilized in many roles on offense. Bell is not as tall or as fast as Allen, but he plays far more instinctively than Allen did as a safety and loves delivering punishing hits. I personally like his upside as a corner vs. safety, at least at this point, given our current personnel at safety and his size and weight. He could definitely grow into a Barron sized safety, but is currently equivalent to others on the roster playing there. Bell has been described as having a good football mind by nearly everyone throughout the season, and that now is continuing during the all-star season with positive statements about his ability to easily pick up new defensive schemes in all-star practices and the having the ability to apply that new knowledge. This bodes very well to his potential at Alabama as his ability to quickly pick up the complex defense, should he choose the good guys, would be a key to early playing time. I can see Bell being quite a special teams standout early and filling a role similar to that of Geno Smith while he learns the position and perfects his understanding of the defense. His apparent intellect is what places him into my comparisons for him to Milliner, Sunseri, and Smith. Physical specifics that stand out in my eyes are his aggressiveness and true willingness to punish folks in run support, and it is this trait that would make him most valuable as a corner, in my opinion, as those types are few and far between coming out of high school, and ultimately what gets him on the field quickly in the roles I anticipated above. I like his feet in the film I have seen of him, he glides effortlessly when he back-peddles, great reaction/recognition to developing plays, but the thing I see continually repeated on film are his eyes/head looking into the backfield, watching the QB and his other keys. He is definitely comfortable moving in all directions while watching plays develop, and thus the reason I feel he makes a good corner or safety for that matter. What I did not get to see on film were his hips and ability to turn and run with receivers in a fluid manner with no loss of momentum and no wasted motion, and this will be what makes or breaks him as a corner vs. safety. I get the sense he has been well coached throughout high school and I’d expect the proper techniques would be in place here, but these abilities are largely the athlete in a person and not aspects that you can coach into a person through repetition. A few other aspects I like are the bursts out of his breaks, his ability to close quickly (more of a safety aspect, but certainly a testament to his athletic abilities), and he always takes great angles to the ball carrier. He has great hands, good timing, and leaping ability. As a safety I saw him covering sideline to sideline with relative ease and he was very fast to react to runs and exploded up to the LOS to meet the ball carrier and bring him down (a lot of Mark Barron here). I saw that he squared his shoulders well when tackling (another basic fundamental that shows he’s been well coached and a good student and listener). All in all Von Bell is a can’t miss defensive back whether it is at corner or safety, and I see him wanting to play for the master secondary coach at the college level and thus ultimately signing with Alabama.
Okay in respect to the length of the post I will keep mine short. I have watched as much film as available on this kid and I believe he is an absolute stud. The MAIN thing that I will say about him is that he is so flexible with his position that he could project anywhere in the defensive back category. I think BAMA has done all their homework on this kid and definitely are all in on landing him. Whether its his explosiveness or the fact that he has all the measurable to mold to any position they want him bad. I will attach his highlight video and let the fans take a look. Elite closing speed and natural ball hawking abilities. You cant teach that type of instinct. The guy is simply everywhere, and can hit very hard. I personally feel he has a frame to grow larger in his shoulders and legs. If his legs get more powerful(which they will under SC) he will add another 15-20 pounds of solid weight that wont slow him down. Question is will it hurt his fluidity? I personally think it depends on which position he plays to determin how much weight he gains.
Measureables : Could be an elite safety or even top round pick type of corner. Guy has it all
-College position projection: Safety
-Has all the tangible and intangible things college scouts and evaluators dream of.
-Can’t miss college prospect.
-Reminds me the most of Eric Berry(saying alot)
My projection as to where he lands:Bama
The reason why I do that is none other than the best closer in the game(Nick Saban). After our game on Monday night our staff will waste no time hitting the phones and road to gain momentum going into NSD. My confidence level is 65% right now and rising. I really hope that my source with the team is correct that Vonn is very interested in coming to Bama and right now he feels we are leading. I truly believe with my sources info that Vonn will end up at Bama, but things always change with recruiting. Especially, as the daily pressure builds to actually signing the dotted line for recruits.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Bolden1983 on 1/17/2013 at 11:46 AM
Great work! +1
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