Ohio State five-star recruit says God wanted him to play for the Buckeyes

This past winter, leading up to National Signing Day, Georgia recruit Vonn Bell was said to be deciding between playing for Alabama, Tennessee or The Ohio State University. The five-star recruit surprised many when he opted for Columbus over the warmer confines of the SEC. As it turns out, Bell may have had a little bit of guidance in making his decision.

From the AJC:

I didn’t really have any secrets. I kept everything all open with everybody. But about the biggest secret was probably keeping it secret (about Ohio State) until signing day. The first two days (before signing day), I just woke up out of my dreams. Me and God just had a conversation. He said ‘I want you go to Ohio State.’ Then I just knew ever since then. That was probably the longest time I ever kept a secret, those two days.

He just woke me up in the middle of my sleep, and I just heard ‘Ohio State’ in my head. I just listened to it, and stuck with it. Ohio State was in my heart. I didn’t know (which college I was going to sign with) until then. I asked God to give me a sign, and He gave me a sign. I woke up the middle of the night.

Bell went into Signing Day as the fourth-best safety in the country, a top-35 recruit overall. In addition to Alabama and Tennessee, the speedy play-maker turned down Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Notre Dame.

[Related: While We’re Waiting… What a night in Cleveland]

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Was it THE God, or was it God Shammgod? I know he played basketball at Providence and they don’t have a football team, so I guess it’s cool that he adopted tOSU.

  • JK

    Woody Hayes still pulling strings for us…

  • I think it was Sloopy.

  • humboldt

    Thanks to the B1G Man Upstairs for delivering us blue-chip recruits

  • Natedawg86

    Thank God. Praise the Lord

  • mgbode

    it worked for Meyer with Tim Tebow

  • Harv 21

    Proving it’s valuable to hire a coach still buff enough to scale up the drain pipes.

  • cjjwfny

    I believe another Thank God is appropriate.

  • Garry_Owen

    God only ever wants anyone to play for other teams so that the Buckeyes will have someone to play (and beat).

  • Steve_Not_Chad


  • JNeids

    So apparently God only hates Cleveland, not all of Ohio.

  • Ohio State five-star recruit says God wanted him to play for the Buckeyes
    by Kevin

    Of course He did.


  • Vagabond

    Apparently God did not want him to earn a degree, though.