Davin Bellamy: UGA offers top prospect after blunt feedback

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.

DE Davin Bellamy

DE Davin Bellamy

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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84 comments Add your comment

William

May 14th, 2012
4:52 am

First. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Just Asking?

May 14th, 2012
5:12 am

Keep working on the weights if you want to go pro one day.

Home of Champions

May 14th, 2012
5:56 am

One offer he would like to get is one from Alabama’s Nick Saban.

tenn.DAWG

May 14th, 2012
6:01 am

Be careful what you wish for.

kingdaddy

May 14th, 2012
6:19 am

Davin, Good Luck this year! Hope you make the right decision. Hit the weight-room and the books and everything will work itself out…

kingdaddy

May 14th, 2012
6:23 am

tenn.DAWG
I lived in Gatlinburg for 19 yrs., and Johnson City for a couple. I loved it, the people are some of the best…

Red Dawn

May 14th, 2012
6:32 am

East TN is nice to visit just to much orange for a BAMA FAN!! RTR

kingdaddy

May 14th, 2012
6:37 am

Red Dawn
They do bleed Orange there, but they are great folks and being from Sav. Ga. ,I loved the mountains. Lots to do…

Destin Dawg

May 14th, 2012
6:49 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education, plus Big Time Sports ” in a great college town… Athens, Ga.!! Go Dawgs !!

bitter "spoiled recruit"

May 14th, 2012
6:58 am

dont drink the saban-aid kid——–or a gray jersey may be your gift fron the bammer nation

—-stay home where your people can enjoy your play—-the folks that have supported you

—-best of luck————————bamma state flower??—-a statile dish—–hahahahah

yea right!

May 14th, 2012
7:37 am

just can’t hide that saban man crush can you . really amusing!

Dawg Bounty Hunter

May 14th, 2012
7:44 am

kids that stay in State .. close to support groups.. friends and family.. generally do better in school and life after sports .. Go Dawgs !!

WnE

May 14th, 2012
8:11 am

Where in the heck was his HS Coach and his parents?

He was 6-5 230 and was only bench pressing 185 pounds wasting time on the B-ball court chasing a job that is going to go to the “next Dirk Nowitzki”, Rodney Garner never should have been put in position to play “bad cop” and be the only person in this kids life to tell him the TRUTH.

Oh well, I hope the kid works hard and develops and can get the best scholly he can.

Lots of HS HCs will put up with anything just to coddle players with raw talent to get them on their team at any cost.

GeoffDawg

May 14th, 2012
8:16 am

Two rather unlikely things gleaned from this article:
1. His bench went up 70 lbs. in only 3 weeks
2. Someone publicly claims to be a Reggie Ball fan.

Dap01

May 14th, 2012
8:32 am

Go to UGA an be a home state hero in from of 90,000+ each week. No matter where you go, congratulations.

GTFan2012

May 14th, 2012
8:46 am

WnE, You are an idiot. Rodney Garner also said this. “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.”

Yes, that’s really telling it like it is. This kid is undersized for a DE and he may not be quick enough to play LB at the NFL level. Now, he very well could develop into an elite level player, but he isn’t that today since he is such a tweener. (By the way, very few kids are elite level players as seniors in HS, so this is not a criticism of Bellamy.) To tell the kid he could make millions…. that’s just giving him false hope. But of course Rodney Garner would use this tactic when recruiting against GT, because he certainly can’t use the “get an education” argument, because then GT wins hands down. Unless of course Davin wants to major in “Magazines.” Then UGA is a shoe in.

DawgInaTruck

May 14th, 2012
8:49 am

GeoffDawg

May 14th, 2012
8:16 am
“Two rather unlikely things gleaned from this article:
1. His bench went up 70 lbs. in only 3 weeks”

I wondered about that too. That seems pretty darn stout.

DawgInaTruck

May 14th, 2012
8:53 am

@GTFan2012

“Then UGA is a shoe in”

That would be ’shoo in’ genius. To wit:

shoo-in (sh n ). n. 1. A sure winner. 2. One that has a sure chance of being chosen, as for a job or other position

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 14th, 2012
9:02 am

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.

Without a doubt you know who runs college football recruiting!!! Please by all means continue your denial. I don’t see this kid getting a committable offer unless we miss on several recruits.

GtDawg

May 14th, 2012
9:20 am

only 255? 355 then I’ll comment

Score Check

May 14th, 2012
9:32 am

Coach Sick Satan = SCUM

Twist your knee and he leaves you twisting in the wind

Marine Jacket

May 14th, 2012
9:56 am

Not naming names. I do think it is funny that Coach Johnson takes shots for his recuiting, but when he is the first to notice the talent this kid has those people don’t say a word about it.

They in turn attack the kid to defend another coach, when that coach did not see the talent/potential.

You call yourself a Tech fan. Yeah right.

Go Jackets!!!!!!!

Recruiting | MrSEC

May 14th, 2012
10:04 am

[...] Defensive end David Bellamy put the work in to receive an offer from [...]

Tdawg

May 14th, 2012
10:08 am

GTFan2012 I don’t know to many rocket scientist in the NFL do you? Name me one Tech player in the NFL with an engineering or architecture degree? Just one. Last time I checked 6′5″ 230 lbs was pretty decent size for a 16 or 17 year old kid. He will get bigger and stronger as he matures, he just needs to keep his speed. So you should tell every kid coming out of high school that they don’t stand a snowballs chance in he!! of ever getting into the NFL. Funny I though it was the other way around. Wouldn’t want you giving any self esteem speeches.

Jailyard Dwag.......

May 14th, 2012
10:19 am

You just wait until Coach Richt hugs him, pinches him on his ass and then whispers in his ear how much he loves him…Coach Richt knows how to seduce young boys….Go Dawgs !!

kerryb

May 14th, 2012
10:30 am

Marine Jacket
May 14th, 2012
9:56 am

Not naming names. I do think it is funny that Coach Johnson takes shots for his recuiting, but when he is the first to notice the talent this kid has those people don’t say a word about it.

They in turn attack the kid to defend another coach, when that coach did not see the talent/potential.

You call yourself a Tech fan. Yeah right.

Go Jackets!!!!!!!

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Garner thought at the time he was too weak for the SEC. Tech offered because he was strong enough for ACC competition.

GTFan2012

May 14th, 2012
10:31 am

Tdawg,
Didn’t say the kid didn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of making the NFL. But there is a lot of daylight between that and telling a kid he’ll make millions.
At both UGA and GT, this kid is most likely an OLB, a position he’s never played before from what I know. He is big enough that he could grow into a DE, but he probably need to put on at least 40-50 lbs to play DE in UGA and GT 3-4 schemes. So saying he’s going to make millions seems a bit like recruiting bluster at this point. This kid isn’t the level of Nkemdiche. So when another poster claimed that the person who said this was the only one willing to tell this kid the truth, I had to call him out on it.

yea right!

May 14th, 2012
10:33 am

can’t hide that saban man crush again can you Carvell? This is really getting amusing!

Flo-Ri-Duh

May 14th, 2012
10:41 am

Garner was right this time. A guy that size is football “weak” if he only benches 185 lbs. You don’t get that much stronger in 3 weeks – going from 185 lbs. to 255 lbs. He evidently was lifting lighter weights and now he is lifting heavier weights. He should be lifting at least 275 lbs. 4 reps at his size. I could do when I was 6 feet 188 lbs.

Dawg Haus

May 14th, 2012
10:51 am

Davin, good luck with your decision!

southgadawg

May 14th, 2012
10:51 am

@jailyard dawg:

You are one sick human being!

CHSalum

May 14th, 2012
11:22 am

@GTFan2012, Davin actually plays OLB and not DE for Chamblee HS. He has played Safety, TE, WR, and DE …. So you probably need to get your facts straight first. As a matter of fact youtube Davin Bellamy then get back to me!!! I’ll wait… This kid is a superior athlete for his size!!!

George Stein

May 14th, 2012
11:39 am

Uh, Reggie Ball’s unfortunate tenure at Tech overlapped with Shockley’s at UGA.

I love Krystal trophies

May 14th, 2012
11:40 am

Hey, Davin … you can go to Alabama and STILL be close to home. Or you can truly stay close to home near “support groups” and, you know … be average. But, hey … Athens is cool.

George Stein

May 14th, 2012
11:41 am

I thought all UGA fans were Reggie Ball fans, GeoffDawg.

Contractor

May 14th, 2012
11:43 am

I’m real curious how he got his bench press max up 70 pounds in a few weeks. I understand when you start lifting your potential spikes, but 70 pounds is a ton of weight no matter your size. Obviously I root for the kid to reach a respectable potential and over 300 pounds for his size, but I’m still curious how he hit that new max so fast. Maybe training has really changed in the ten years since I was in high school.

I love Krystal trophies

May 14th, 2012
11:49 am

Hey, Contractor:

Talking to Saban or Kirby automatically adds 50 lbs to your bench. You get THAT MUCH tougher just TALKING to Alabama these days. So, really, we’re only looking at a 25 lb increase in three weeks. Doable.

Roll Davin.

CoachCheesehead

May 14th, 2012
12:53 pm

WnE

D-Bell’ was All-Region basketball (6-4A, top-to-bottom, the toughest BB Region in the state) last year as a Junior. He had 4 dbl-dbls during the regular season. True he needs to focus on FB, but that is not an issue anymore.

Bell…………you’re a great kid, w a wonderful family. Good Luck to you!

P.S. He grew 2.5 inches from last year to now

GT Man

May 14th, 2012
12:57 pm

If MTSU offers, then PJ has a chance.

WnE

May 14th, 2012
1:25 pm

re:
Marine Jacket
May 14th, 2012
9:56 am

Not naming names. I do think it is funny that Coach Johnson takes shots for his recuiting, but when he is the first to notice the talent this kid has those people don’t say a word about it.

They in turn attack the kid to defend another coach, when that coach did not see the talent/potential.

You call yourself a Tech fan. Yeah right.

Go Jackets!!!!!!!
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Not naming names either samrt-@$$, but WHY didn’t CPJ tell the Recruit that he needed to get stronger?

So CPJ was willing to give a scholly to a recruit that would have kept playing B-ball AND kept avoiding the weight room in HS?

How does that help GT close the gap with UGA?

This is one reason WHY CPJ brings in so many “projects & reaches” that cannot get on the field and help GT until they have been out of HS for 3 or 4 years, like this year’s DEs, guys like Dieke and Cummings, etc. they aren’t getting on the field UNTIL their RS.Jr. seasons (4 yrs. out of HS); MAYBE if CPJ had told them they were too weak and needed to hit the weights back as HS Jrs. then we would have better players playing for GT right now!

So CPJ is willing to give schollies to DEs that can’t even bench press their own body-weight, I am assuming that he would not have gotten much stronger had he continued to pursue B-Ball and continued to AVOID the weight-room in HS.

Please ANSWER WHY CPJ didn’t tell this Recruit to hit the weights like Rodney Garner did?

All that crap about being the first to offer him will do GT no good, he’s obviously looking elsewhere for a place to play his CFB.

Once again GT is the “safety-net” school for Recruits that DO NOT DEVELOP, if they do develop enough in HS, then they look to play in the SEC.

southgadawg

May 14th, 2012
1:25 pm

Putting a sexual undertone to it is sick. That is the last thing on anyones mind. If you are a Braves fan, maybe then you think all the Braves players are like that too. They hug each other a lot, they are all men. Are they trying to seduce each other? There is non place here for that kind of BS!

GeoffDawg

May 14th, 2012
1:33 pm

Ha! I think you’re right there George.

GTFan2012

May 14th, 2012
1:39 pm

WnE… Dieke and Cummings weren’t recruited as 3-4 DEs. So to suggest that they have somehow been busts is ridiculous. They have been playing behind guys who were older than they are. that is the way it is supposed to work. Now those guys have graduated and Dieke and Cummings will be playing a lot. And why is it “obvious” that this recruit is looking elsewhere to play football. Maybe I missed something.

tide roll

May 14th, 2012
2:22 pm

If this kid was too weak, then what’s wrong with ANTHONY JENNINGS? Bama’s offered, why not UGA? Oh wait, I forgot, Anthony’s a QB. Now I know what’s wrong. Silly me. I almost forgot. This is the University of Georgia. This is the school that evalusted CAM NEWTON as a tight end! We know what’s REALLY wrong with Anthony, and what’s REALLY right with Ramsey, Don’t we DAWG fans. Do it Richt, do it Booboo, and do it Dawgs! Shameful.

RxDawg

May 14th, 2012
2:22 pm

“Uh, Reggie Ball’s unfortunate tenure at Tech overlapped with Shockley’s at UGA”

That’s what I thought too lol.

southgadawg

May 14th, 2012
2:26 pm

You may be right, it may not be the best decision to hug someone he is recruitng. It doesn’t seem to bother any of them though, so why should it bother any of us? I personally am not a hugging type guy. I hug my sons but am uncomfortable hugging other males. Some people are huggers and there is nothing wrong with that. My main problem with JAILYARD DAWG is the insertion of seducing and pinching of the young man. We don’t need that kind of stuff here. He shouldn’t imply something he knows nothing about! That kind of character assassination is irresponsible!

Lets keep this about footbll and recruiting!

BamaGuy

May 14th, 2012
2:31 pm

bitter “spoiled recruit”
May 14th, 2012
6:58 am

dont drink the saban-aid kid——–or a gray jersey may be your gift fron the bammer nation

—-stay home where your people can enjoy your play—-the folks that have supported you

—-best of luck————————bamma state flower??—-a statile dish—–hahahahah

Actually, it is a BCS Crystal…..

southgadawg

May 14th, 2012
2:35 pm

@ tide roll

Who is known for their qb’s, Bama or UGA? Bama seldom has a star quality qb. If you were a gator fan saying something about qb evalutions then we might listen up.

Both player are excellent qb’s but UGA has the one they want with 4 already there. BTW what were you trying to imply with whats REALLY wrong with Jennings?

What the!

May 14th, 2012
2:58 pm

Enter your comments hereWhy do you put this UGA BS on the Tech page? This bozo only writes about UGA! Put him on that page so we don’t have to read this drivel!

1 4 GT

May 14th, 2012
3:07 pm

I read a blog on recruiting and there was a blogger named Thomas Brown whose “style” could have been interchangeable with WnE. He was giving CMR as much of a hard time as he does CPJ. I was stunned. Here Gollum had me believing he really did go to GT and then he dumps on Georgie as hard as he does GT. WTF?? Gollum/WnE–did you go to both schools and flunk out?? Or maybe you got caught cheating and were kicked out. Anyway, it seems that this guy Thomas Brown & WnE are 1 & the same.