After missing out on a few key recruits on National Signing Day, the Bulldogs got some great news as Davin Bellamy signed his letter of intent with the Bulldogs.
Bellamy is a 6’5’’ defensive end from Chamblee High School in Chamblee, Ga. and is listed as the No. 25 weakside defensive end in the country, according to Rivals.
This comes as a surprise to most because Bellamy had originally marked the Bulldogs off his list.
As soon as Bellamy decommitted from Georgia, he committed to Florida State, only to decommitt from latter shortly thereafter.
The other schools that were in the running for Bellamy were Oregon and Tennessee.
It looked as if the Ducks were going to get Bellamy after he visited the campus on Jan. 29. But Bellamy decided to stay close to home and play for Mark Richt and company.
This is a huge get for the Bulldogs because it addresses a need. Based on Bellamy’s size and speed, he is a likely candidate to be a future weakside pass rusher in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme.
During his senior year, Bellamy missed much of the 2012 season because of an injury, but he still managed to tally 30 tackles and nine tackles for loss.
Now with Bellamy signed, the question is: can he be the next Jarvis Jones?
Grantham likes his outside linebackers to be in the 6’4’’- 6’5’’ range and be able to play both outside linebacker and defensive end. If Bellamy stays at his current playing weight (235 pounds), he should see a lot of time at outside linebacker and be that outside rusher, much like Jones. But it wouldn’t be surprising if Bellamy gained 25 pounds to play defensive end in order to play more like Cornelius Washington.
The signing of Bellamy gives the Bulldogs their 32nd member of the class of 2013. Because of the Bulldogs signing only 18 players last year and with a few of them being ruled ineligible, the Bulldogs can sign up to 35 players this recruiting season.