Bell talks recruiting

Georgia's need for a safety is evident. How does Georgia fit into star Tony Bell's thinking and who are the Dawgs competing against?

Still down to four schools, safety Tony Bell will have to decide between Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, and Auburn. Bell is one of the most highly sought after safeties in the country and Georgia sure could use a safety in its secondary for the 2004 season.

"I liked Georgia's camp," said Bell. "I got the chance to talk with recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, coach Mark Richt, and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder."

"Coach VanGorder said that I would get the chance to play early at Georgia. That's what I am looking for," he said.

"I got the chance to speak with Coach Richt in his office. My father was with me and we had a good time," Bell said.

Right now Bell is Georgia's number one target at safety along with Michael Grant of Stephenson. All of Bell's favorites have offered him, including the Dawgs. For Georgia, filing the safety position is becoming a pressing issue. Georgia could move one of the linebackers that it signed in 2003 to safety. While it is unclear who that player is or would be, it is clear that Georgia needs a safety soon.

Bell would fill the void that Georgia will have after 2003 at safety. (Follow Georgia's Scholarship Numbers here). Georgia loses Kentrell Curry after this season, and super safety Sean Jones could leave after 2003 because of his improved professional potential. That leaves Georgia with only two safeties on roster (Greg Blue and Olaolu Sanni-Osomo).

But just because Georgia likes Bell a lot does not mean they will be able to get him without a fight.

"LSU was the best trip so far," said Bell. "I spent four days there."

Georgia has also offered safeties Michael Grant and Anthony Reddick.

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