5-star S Bell Talks Irish Interest

Five-star safety Vonn Bell of Ridgeland High (Rossville, Ga.) holds dozens of offers from across the nation, including one from Notre Dame. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about the Irish, his thoughts on making a spring visit and his knowledge of the program.

Five-star safety Vonn Bell of Ridgeland High (Rossville, Ga.) is being pulled in plenty of directions, and Notre Dame is hoping one of those places is South Bend, Ind.

The Irish recently offered Bell, and are now trying to entice him to make his first visit to campus. And it could depend on the relationship he builds with the staff over the next few weeks.

"It's a good program and everything, so it's good to learn about them," he said. "I talk to the coaching staff and we're trying to build a relationship. They're trying to get me up there on my spring break. They want me to meet the coaching staff and see how it goes up there."

Are the Irish being successful in getting the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bell to visit this spring?

"We don't know yet," Scout.com's No. 3-ranked safety said. "We have to look at the calendar and (talk about it) and then we'll let you guys know."

Bell already visited Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama, and his offer list is filled with the top programs in the country.

When it comes to Notre Dame, though, learning more about the program will also play a factor on whether he makes a visit.

"I really don't know much (about the program)," he said. "I know they have good academics and they put people in the next level. I'm still doing my homework on the program."

As a junior, he made 119 solo tackles, had five interceptions, forced three fumbles and had three fumble recoveries for touchdowns. He also played receiver and made 31 catches for 487 yards and six touchdowns, but there is no doubt where he wants to play in college.

"I want to play safety," he said. "I like hitting."

As for a time frame in making a decision, Bell would like to go into his senior season knowing where he wants to play in college.

However, he does not have any leaders yet.

"It's too early right now," he said. "I just want to see the programs right now and talk with my family and we're going to make decisions after that. We will try to make a decision before the season but we don't know yet."

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