Elite Safety Talks Auburn Visit

2013 Vonn Bell talks about his visit to Auburn's Junior Day.

Rossville, Ga.—One of the top safety prospects in the country, Vonn Bell has had a big week with offers from Ohio State and Texas to add to his already impressive total. On Saturday he took an unofficial visit to Auburn to check out the Tigers and said he really enjoyed his first trip to the Plains.

"It went very well with the coaching staff and meeting everybody and Coach Gene Chizik," Bell said. "It's a very good environment and a very good experience for me and my family. It went well.

"It was a good open environment," he added. "I like how everything is going and they are on a rebuilding year. I'm very excited about it."

Being recruited as a safety by Auburn, Bell said one of the highlights of the visit was the chance to sit down and talk with Auburn's new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and secondary coach Willie Martinez.

"It went very well for me and my family and how they are new to the program," Bell said. "We are new to the whole recruiting process so they are in the same boat as I am.

"I met with him," he added on Martinez. "He was the first guy I met. He was very open to me and my family. He wanted to show us things, more than just football. We talked about academics and everything. It was very strong to me and my family."

Last year Auburn didn't sign a true safety in the 2012 class, something that the Auburn coaches made clear to Bell on his visit.

"They are recruiting me as a safety," Bell said. "It really shocked my attention when they said I could come in and play early. We'll just see what happens and then we'll let everybody know."

With a dozen offers at the moment including some of the top programs in the country, Bell said he's not in a hurry to make a decision, but added it could come before his senior season begins. Having the chance to check out Auburn and see the facilities and upgrades the Tigers are making, he noted that the trip was everything he was looking for and more.

"It was my first visit and it met my expectations when they showed me the facilities and everything," Bell said. "It went very well. I think they are rebuilding for success and trying to get back on the map.

"I don't really have a leader right now," he added. "We're going to wait until we visit everybody and then we'll see what happens."


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