Florida State has been somewhat of a breeding ground for defensive ends of late and that success has helped them land a talented 2013 recruit.
The Seminoles beat out Vanderbilt for the verbal commitment of Davin Bellamy, a 4-star defensive end from Georgia, as reported by Bud Elliot of sbnation.com
The 6'5", 240-pound Chamblee High School standout had further big-time offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson and Arkansas.
Defensive end may have been the biggest need left for Florida State in the 2013 recruiting class when you consider that Tank Carradine and Brandon Jenkins will have graduated and that Bjoern Werner may declare for the NFL draft if he has another great year.
Bellamy essentially said that Vanderbilt would be better for him academics-wise, but that he understood Florida State is more likely to develop players into NFL stars, as reported by Mike Carvell:
From an academic standpoint, Vanderbilt went better. From a football standpoint, FSU … 33 straight years of winning seasons, 27 straight years of NFL first-round draft picks. Once you walk into FSU, you know it’s a football town. It’s ridiculous.
Scout.com reports that Bellamy only decided to dedicate himself to football over basketball during his junior year, showing just how intriguing his raw athleic ability is.
Bellamy discussed his decision with sbnation:
"Early on, it was tough. I was back and forth. Both schools had a lot to offer," Bellamy said. But a second visit to Tallahassee and a talk with some family members cemented his choice. He wanted to be at Florida State."My mom actually wanted me to commit during my second visit," he said. "She knew I wanted to go to Florida State."
"I was talking with some of the guys in my family and they told me to look at the players to go to Vanderbilt and the players that go to FSU," Bellamy said. "The guys that go to Vanderbilt don't get FSU offers. I'm not trying to downgrade Vanderbilt, but that's just how it is. They told me that if I was good enough for a Florida State offer, I needed to go to FSU, and to trust myself and not shy away from competition. Florida State is just a special program."
A great get for the Seminoles