Davin Bellamy, one of the state’s most-heavy recruited football prospects, got some blunt feedback when he was evaluated by UGA last season.
“They said I was ‘too weak,’” Bellamy recalled.
Times have changed for the 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end from Chamblee High School. Bellamy now has 21 early football scholarship offers after he got the news from UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner over the weekend.
It was Garner who was the first college coach to evaluate Bellamy in person last fall.
“He came to the Miller Grove game and gave me some comments that really helped me with my game … he said I was ‘too weak,’” Bellamy said. “I was fresh off the basketball court going to the football field, so I accepted that.”
“I mean, I was distraught about it. I didn’t think I would be good enough for a top-tier school like Georgia. I had to better myself to make sure I was that caliber of player.
“By [Garner] saying that, it really pushed me into becoming a better football player. Everything in the weight room has improved. I went from benching 185 pounds to 255 in the course of three weeks. I’m focused on football.”
This weekend, when Garner offered the scholarship from UGA, he had words of praise. Said Bellamy, “He told [one of my coaches] that they have been evaluating me long enough, and now that I have decided to put down the basketball and fully dedicate myself to football, one day I could make millions.”
Bellamy’s recruiting stock has shot to the moon since he got his first offer from Georgia Tech during the first week of March. Florida State, Michigan State and UGA are among the most recent offers, and others are expected soon.
“I still love Georgia Tech,” Bellamy said. “Everybody had my film, and they were the first school to pull the trigger. They were the first to offer and they will always be close to my heart because of that.”
Which school does Bellamy like better — UGA or Georgia Tech? “Growing up, it was a little of both,” he explained. “I was a Georgia Tech fan when they had Reggie Ball and Calvin Johnson. I was a UGA fan when they had DJ Shockley, Leonard Pope, and AJ Green.”
The basketball-turned-football star claims he does not have an early leader. Bellamy says the offers have been coming in so fast that he hasn’t had a chance to really think about it.
One offer he would like to get is one from Alabama’s Nick Saban. “I’m going to camp there, and I’ve been told that they will have an offer for me there … we’ll see,” he said.
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