Davin Bellamy is a 4-star defensive end who is currently committed to the Florida State Seminoles, but it looks like he will soon become a member of an SEC team. And if the recent reports are any indication of where he will be playing, he will be suiting up in a Georgia Bulldogs uniform when the 2013 season kicks off.
Bellamy just came back from his visit out in Athens and came away impressed. In fact, he stated that there is a new front-runner for his services and that team would be located in the SEC East, not the ACC.
We have a new leader in the house. I definitely think with this scheme and [Todd] Grantham, the years he has been here, that position has led the SEC in sacks. So the proof is in the pudding. He coached Demarcus Ware, so I feel like with my skill set, he can take it here and I can be like Jarvis Jones and a top-10 pick.
Todd Grantham feels that he can turn Bellamy into the next Jarvis Jones, who is expected to be one of the first picks in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft. In just two seasons for Georgia, Jones was an absolute monster, racking up 28 combined sacks and 44 tackles for loss. Being told by a coach that you have that type of potential and that he can help you reach your goals—it really makes it hard to walk away from.
Instead of being used as a defensive end—the position Bellamy has been recruited by many schools to play—he would be the next outside linebacker in Georgia, used mainly as the dominant pass-rusher and playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.
Todd Grantham told me I was the best outside linebacker in the nation simply because with my athletic ability, the other guys on the ESPN 150 at outside linebacker are doing this at 6-1, 6-2, 185-200 pounds. Bellamy said. I am doing this at 6-4, 235 pounds. He definitely thinks with my skill set and my size, that I am the best.
Well then, how are schools supposed to top that offer? They can't. Bellamy needs to do a better job of using his hands and shedding blockers, but there is no question the athleticism and pass rushing skills are there. He gets off the ball well and the upside to become a great defensive player is there, as he is still a little raw at the defensive end position.
Where will Bellamy end up?
But before Bulldog fans begin jumping for joy thinking they have the next great linebacker, Bellamy still says he is committed to Florida State.
“I am still a Florida State commitment and Jimbo Fisher is coming Wednesday to try and talk me into staying with the program,” Bellamy said. “We will see how it goes.”
Bellamy also told ESPN that he still has visits scheduled with Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and North Carolina State. However, even with all of those schools lined up to try and sell their programs, Bellamy appears to have one of the schools he has already checked out on his mind the most.
I take my last official this Friday. I will probably make my decision next Tuesday. I think I have found a place, but I want to make sure it is right and I do not want to jump the gun. I want to take my time, but I think I have found a place.
That place seems like it is going to be Georgia. Not only is it the home school with him being from Chamblee, Ga., but having the option of becoming that next top playmaker on a team that is missing eight defensive starters from a year ago, is an offer that is too good to pass up. And according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bellamy likes Georgia so much that he will be spending the evening with the coaching staff once again.
DE Davin Bellamy will eat dinner with #UGA Mark Richt & Todd Grantham tonight— Michael Carvell (@RecruitingAJC) January 28, 2013
Florida State may still have the verbal commitment from the defensive end at the moment, but it seems like it is only a matter of time before he becomes a linebacker for the Georgia Bulldogs.