January 17, 2013

Bellamy meets with Grantham

Chamblee defensive end Davin Bellamy has been committed to Florida State since August, and hasn't really wavered.

The Peach State pass rusher visited the Seminoles last weekend, and came away making comments that would lead many to believe that FSU had pretty much sewed him up.

On Thursday, however, one school that is still in Bellamy's ear, Georgia, sent one of it's top recruiters, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, to try and sway him away from Tallahassee.

According to Bellamy, the visit went well.

"It was a real cool visit," said Bellamy in a telephone interview with UGASports on Thursday night. "The visit was just him telling me how he sees my future if I go to UGA. He told me I was the number one outside linebacker on their board, and I have been since day one except that he wasn't in charge of my recruitment. Also he was telling me how he thinks that if I came to UGA in his system where the last three years the outside linebacker has been an SEC leader in sacks, he thinks I could be the most dominant player in college football just because of my natural ability to rush the passer. He said he could tell from my film that I haven't really been taught how to rush the passer and my ability is raw. He said that the sky is the limit."

Grantham spent a great deal of time letting Bellamy know how he plans to develop the 3-star defender's skills at the next level, but the Georgia assistant also let him know how important the current recruiting class is to the future of Georgia football.

"He also told me that since they have a lot of people leaving on defense, this 2013 class could be critical, and playing time is an option if we go in and do what we got to do," he said. "He told me I could be one of the most dominant players in that class because that outside linebacker position in the UGA defense is where they put playmakers."

Bellamy says that Grantham was impressive when talking about his plans for using the Chamblee native in the Georgia defense, but then things took a slight turn for the better.

Grantham made a comment that captured Bellamy's attention undivided.

"One thing that really stood out to me was that he did say he thought I could be better than Jarvis Jones.," said Bellamy with some excitement. "He told me all the things that I have, like Jarvis. He said Jarvis was 6-foot-2, 225 (pounds) coming out of high school and that I am 6-foot-4, 235 pounds coming out of high school, and we kind of have the same skill set. I'm just bigger, and he thinks that if I come in and work, I can put up some of the same numbers he (Jones) put up. He told me I could play on Sundays."

A number of schools are after Bellamy, and he knows a recruiting pitch when he hears one.

The conversation with Grantham, however, is one that Bellamy believes was genuine and informative.

"He's a great guy and a great coach," he said. "I mean, he has that NFL experience and he has seen that. Now that he is back in college football, he knows who to take and how to get them to the next level. My ability to naturally rush the passer is something I've heard from a lot of schools, so I think he was being real straight up about it. I don't see it as a recruiting gimmick at all because he knows what it takes to get there."

With all of the questions that Bellamy had for Grantham to answer, the UGA defensive coordinator also volunteered some information for the FSU pledge concerning reports of Grantham's name being linked to the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator vacancy.

"I didn't even have to bring it up," laughed Bellamy. "He brought it up to me, and one thing that he did tell me was that whatever discussed would have to be between us two. I kind of don't want to mess up our bond and our relationship that we have right now and are trying to build. I'm just going to leave it at that, but he kind of told me to just let everyone know that we talked about it."

The next three weeks will be busy for Bellamy, as he will take official visits and host coaches from Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina State.

Bellamy, who says that he will make a final decision on National Signing Day (February 6), knows what he is looking for and plans to compare it all to his experience at FSU.

"I'm still committed to Florida State. I took my official visit to Florida State so that going into visits to other schools; I could see what they needed to do to beat out Florida State," he said. "Right now I'm just trying to take it all in and see what situation best fits me. That is the real stressful part. As you know, this decision is really the jump-start to the next part of my life. I really don't want to make the wrong decision. I'm just trying to find the best situation and the school that gives me the best chance to see the field."





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