Three team race for five-star DB

Vonn Bell is a five-star safety out of Georgia and he is down to three schools. He will sign with one of those schools and you can get the latest here.

Alabama, Ohio State, and Tennessee remain in the hunt for Vonn Bell and they likely will not be challenged by any other schools.

"Those three are my final three and I am down to Alabama, Ohio State, and Tennessee. I am going to one of those schools," Vonn Bell told Scout.

Bell narrowed his list down to those three schools around two months ago and he talks about each finalist here:

Alabama: "They are the No. 1 school in the country. They win, they play for championships, and the players there get coached up. They always dial up a great defense and they put guys in the NFL."

Ohio State: "I really like how Urban Meyer is close to his players. He has great relationships with his guys and that stands out to me. He was that way at Florida too. He is a winner and a great coach."

Tennessee: "There is great tradition here. I have always liked them, so I have them still in the mix. They may not be winning at the level they are used to, but the fans still go to the games, they still get excited, and they still support the team."

Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are safe at Alabama and Ohio State, but there have been some rumblings about Derek Dooley's situation at UT.

Does that have an affect on Bell?

"Until Coach Dooley is not there, he is still the coach, so that means nothing to me. The current coaches at Tennessee are still recruiting me, so I am still building a relationship with them. If I have a reason to change, I will, but for now, the coaches are the coaches."

The No. 3 safety in the country has not scheduled any of his official visits, but if his plan stays on schedule, he will take them before he makes his decision.

"You never know what can happen to change things, but I do plan on taking my official visits before I commit," he said.

"I want to get out to the three schools and see whole 48-hour environment and just put myself in the player's shoes for that time to see how things really happen at that school.

"I want to learn about the academics, learn about the off-season, see how their weight training program is run, see how the coaches are, and things like that. I do think the visits could be important."

Those will happen after the Ridgeland season is over. They have one more regular season game before kicking off the playoffs on November 16.

He originally thought he would be committed to a school before he played in his final high school playoffs, but he is not, and he knows he is on the right track.

"I have tried to focus on my senior season and the team. Recruiting is there, but my team is most important.

"After the season, I will look at visits, see who I have the best relationship with, and find the best school for me.

"Right now, I am thinking about winning Friday and going far in the playoffs."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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