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Attached is an article from the AJC. Vonn is going to definitely visit the 25th which is great news. What can Butch do to sell him back to UT. Terry Fair can only help. Vonn played some CB in the UA game. I think you have to pitch Eric Berry to death on Vonn Bell and let him know his 1st year he will be a hybrid player, like Berry was his junior year. A lot of times lining up at nickel...
It's obviously not good in the article he called Butch Jones Butch Davis, but we have to pull out all of the stops that weekend. I wish NSD was that next Wednesday instead of 2 weeks. It's an up hill fight, but we can pitch immediate PT and being the hometown school always helps.
Vonn Bell, the 5-star safety from Ridgeland, nearly committed after the completion of his senior season. One of the main reasons he waited was to give a
This post was edited by hdrizzle21 15 months ago
losing Bell may be the biggest blow to the fan base if it happens
Give the man his money
Where's lacy pearl when you need to get ahead in recruiting
i think butch and staff has chance with bell..i think coach jones saying if we can get them on camp
we can sign them..lets see...early playing time and being childhood dream may make bell think
hard about it..not sure he would get burried on bama roster or not..but we have more room for him to come in and play as a freshman..unlike bama..
What? Too early for jokes?
Didn't Berry leave early, and I hated how he was used his last year here
I think the Vols strikeout on all three and it even seems ridiculous to say, but there may not have been three more important recruits for Tennessee in a long time than Lawson, Bell, and Green/Kamara are for this years team.
Tennessee is just so weak in those areas with underclassmen. Getting any of them (or the OMG .002% chance they get all three) would be an enormous boost to the program.
Most important recruit to gauge Jones' recruiting ability with all the chips stacked against him...if he pulls this off then WOW.
His last OV here will be the final straw for his decision-making. Our chances are still up there IMO.
Y'all don't get it. We screwed this up almost a year ago (see link below) and have been behind the 8-ball ever since. I think Jones' only shot is to present a clear plan to Bell about when he'll play and how he will be used so that Bell clearly understands his role at Tennessee and his path to the NFL in 3 years. But let's face it, with the turmoil and turnover this program has had over the past 4 years what 5-star would come here on a promise of "trust me"? That's why winning and stability are so important to this program pulling itself up. If Saban tells you that he will make you an All-American and you will play for national championship, you got to believe it because he has done it. That is hard to overcome and it's not a bad reflection on CBJ and staff, it's just the situation he finds himself in now.
I have linked the article below previously, but note it is from last February. Look at how Alabama treated him and how Dooley completely screwed this up. As a Tennessee fan, if this doesn't make you angry and frustrated then I don't know what would. By the way, the day after this article appeared Bell received an offer by phone from an assistant coach. You just can't do this to a player of Bell's caliber with a A-list set of offers. We just look clueless here. It's so damn frustrating.
With what will likely be a hectic year of recruiting still ahead of him, Vonn Bells rising stock reached an early zenith with one impressive phone call Wednesday.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by RunThruThe T 15 months ago
You're 100% right that Dooley completely botched this one, but I don't think we're out of it yet.
His OV on the 25th will be HUGE. If I had to put money on it, I still think he goes to Bama which is going to be really frustrating, but I'm not ruling us out yet just because of the OV. You know UT is going to roll out the red carpet for him, and since he grew up a Vols fan, hopefully the nostalgia and "fan" side of him starts to take over. This being his last visit is also huge from that perspective. If Butch can make a strong impression on him and get him excited about the future, that emotional high could carry in to NSD. That's really our only shot. Well, and the fact that he can play immediately versus waiting until 2015 at Bama.
Not getting my hopes up but not completely giving up yet.
My thoughts exactly. Give him money
Were in a lot better shape with Butch at the helm than we were with Dooley. We do have a legitimate chance IMO.
Bell and green should be priorities 1A and 1B
Commitments made between now and signing day will be a big factor also IMO.
"Never take for granted what it means to be a Volunteer." Peyton Manning
One thing he can do...
Give him a UT backpack as a gift, that just so happens to have eleventy-billion dollars inside.
~The Volunteer in Brooklyn~
"Give him six" "We don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabama" "Grit N Grind"
Worked for AU with Cam Newton :-)
I am so use to crying on this site these days, that anything making me smile or dare I say laugh is definitely +1.
No, if we won games this past year then we get Bell. It was that simple but yet people cannot accept it. Everyone that covers recruiting said that bell was waiting to see how UT was going to do. I know you people are just trying to find an excuse to blame Dooley if CBJ doesn't pull bell but the fact is that wins and losses were the biggest determinant up to this point.
I will always believe that Dooley and his staff mishandled Vonn Bell. I agree that wins and losses seem to be a factor with Bell but there are things Dooley could have done - such as return phone calls from Bell's coaches and offer Bell before Nick Saban personally called and offered him - that would have made a difference here. Let's face it, if Dooley had stayed I doubt we even get an OV. With a lot of kids that first offer is huge and Alabama made it, not his favorite school. That is a huge screwup in my opinion, especially when Dooley specifically mentioned his playing area as one of emphasis for Tennessee. DAMN! Now I'm mad all over again! I have to stay out of this thread.
If we don't get Bell then you can't blame CBJ. He is doing all he can but he is fighting an uphill battle against one of the best recruiting staffs in the country. It's just a tough situation for them.
This post was edited by RunThruThe T 15 months ago
It seems to me like if we can get kids on campus to take visits then Coach Jones will do the rest. Every player that has visited UT since CBJ took over has been blown away. The fact that Bell is visiting is huge. And, I believe, we are getting his last visit which is also huge. As many have previously stated, if he is uncommitted during his UT visit, look out.
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