UGA is a finalist for one of the state’s top college prospects at defensive end.
Davin Bellamy, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Chamblee High School, has set his announcement date for Aug. 1. He has three finalists:
“Florida State is the leader, Vanderbilt is right behind them and UGA is my third team,” Bellamy told the AJC on Monday night. “It kind of tough to pick between Florida State and Vanderbilt [as my leader]. I’m going to visit all three schools again before I pick and see where I’m at.”
Bellamy was blown away by a recent visit to FSU. “I like everything about it. It’s the scheme, how early I can play, and the area it’s in.”
Bellamy also noticed the ladies. “I mean, down there in Florida, it’s kind of a vacation town. Who wouldn’t want to live down there? When I visited the campus, it was filled with beautiful women, with some of the girls we don’t see up here in Atlanta. I was like ‘wow.”
What’s the attraction to Vanderbilt? “They recruited me the hardest before my recruiting really picked up. I developed a good relationship with the coaches, including [James Franklin]. They’ve been treating me like a big-time prospect before I was one.”
Bellamy is one of the state’s most-heavily recruited players with 31 offers. His first offer was from Georgia Tech, and Bellamy nearly committed. Meanwhile, UGA was the first school to scout Bellamy in person last season. They didn’t offer early because he was told he was “too weak” – which ironically Bellamy credits as a positive, motivating him to dedicate himself to football.
Bellamy spent a lot of time with UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on a recent visit.
“It’s Georgia,” Bellamy exclaimed. “I wouldn’t mind staying close to home, and play in the state.”
“The only thing that hurts Georgia is that they weren’t recruiting me this hard all the way. If they had been recruiting me since Day One like they are now, I think Georgia would be the No. 1 school instead of Florida State.”
Why did Bellamy pick Aug. 1 as his special day? “I talked it over with my coach and my mother. That’s before we start practicing in pads. I wanted to have a little security going into the season in case I get hurt, so I’m going to go ahead and pick a team.”
RELATED: Bree Horrocks, a 6-4 rising junior from Buford High School, has committed to Purdue, according to Rivals. Horrocks plays for the successful girls basketball team at Buford.
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