Over the last few months, the recruiting process has taken a backseat to high school football for Vonn Bell, the 5-star safety from Ridgeland.
All of that will change after Saturday when Ridgeland plays Sandy Creek for the Class AAAA state championship at 5:30 p.m.
After Saturday, Bell will listen to the sales pitches and maybe visit his three finalists of Alabama, Ohio State and childhood favorite Tennessee. UGA was eliminated when Bell trimmed from seven to three schools.
“Nothing has changed with recruiting recently, and Vonn isn’t talking to anybody about it until after Saturday,” Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis told the AJC.
“About halfway through our season, he cut it off to focus on our team, which we appreciated. It has worked out well for Vonn.
“After our season is over on Saturday, I think it will be soon that he will make his decision between those three schools.”
Bell has had a monster senior season for Ridgeland, and surprisingly probably made more of an impact on offense than defense: Bell has 136 total tackles on defense, while posting 1,039 yards and 21 total touchdowns on offense.
“He’s the most productive player I’ve ever coached,” Mariakis said. “I don’t want to say best player, but he may be. I just don’t like using that phrase.
“We’ve had some really good players here. We’ve had six guys sign major D1 scholarships over the last five years, from Alabama to Oklahoma State. They were all great players at their positions. Vonn is that great player on both sides of the ball. He’s phenomenal on offense and defense.”
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WHILE TAKING A BREAK FROM CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
WE’RE LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
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