4-star DE has FSU and Vandy as finalists after not hearing from UGA

DE Davin Bellamy is one of Georgia's leaders in scholarship offers with 31

DE Davin Bellamy is one of Georgia's leaders in scholarship offers with 31

One of the state’s most-heavily recruited prospects will decide between Florida State and Vanderbilt at the beginning of August.

And UGA would’ve been the third finalist had they stayed in pursuit, according to Chamblee High School defensive end Davin Bellamy.

“Definitely, definitely, Georgia would’ve been in there,” Bellamy told the AJC. “Georgia has a great tradition and a great program that speaks for itself, and it’s not far from home. That defensive scheme fits me perfectly. If Jarvis Jones can get 13.5 sacks in that scheme, I feel like I could’ve gotten 15.”

So what happened with UGA? Bellamy has assumed that the Bulldogs are no longer interested because he hasn’t heard from them since the week before “Dawg Night” prospect camp, when he told them he couldn’t make it because he was supposed to take a recruiting trip to Vanderbilt.

“Georgia kind of lost contact with me,” he said. “I think they had only scholarship spot left for a linebacker and I think that spot was filled, which is why they haven’t contacted me. I’m not really [mad] about it.

Bellamy thinks his UGA spot was filled by the recent commitment of Brookwood LB Shaun McGee.

“Georgia was my 26th offer [out of 31 offers],” Bellamy said. “In the back of my head, I always wondered if they offered me only because everybody else did. If they did, that’s OK. If not, that’s OK, too. I really didn’t get my hopes too high with them.

“And right now, I’ve got my focus on FSU and Vanderbilt.”

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Bellamy is taking his mother for her first-ever trip to both finalists this weekend. On Thursday, Bellamy went to FSU, which he calls “the best place I’ve visited.”

Then it’s off to Vanderbilt on Friday. “Vanderbilt has the best education, it’s no comparison. If football doesn’t pan out, I could come out making $60,000 per year just off my Vanderbilt diploma. Vanderbilt is SEC football, where I know I can come in and play, and I can be a pioneer for the program.”

While Bellamy is still deciding if he will commit on Aug. 1 or Aug. 11 (Chamblee’s Media Day), he says will take all five official visits as a senior. He will likely make trips to Michigan State, North Carolina, and Arkansas, among others.

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GoBigDog

July 27th, 2012
2:26 am

Good luck to you, Davin, in your school choice. Would have enjoyed seeing you play for UGA, but you’re probably correct about Shaun McGee taking that last LB spot at UGA. And you’re also right about Vandy’s scholastic ranking compared with FSU.

Ps: Signing day is several months away, and even if UGA is full at LB today, the future is never certain. For example, a couple of years ago, Xzavier Ward’s roster slot (which had closed with Zach DeBell’s commitment) re-opened late in the process. And anyway, Athens is a fun place to go on an official visit.

Dawg M

July 27th, 2012
4:59 am

We have 36 scholarships open for next year, and I bet at least 5 won’t qualify. Why not offer Bellamy anyways? Nothing to lose with our low numbers.

ggbal

July 27th, 2012
5:02 am

Could have been a coice for uga if he had made a decission

Rev Al

July 27th, 2012
5:44 am

60k with just a diploma?? Young man you have a lot of learnin’ to do…..

cmon man

July 27th, 2012
5:48 am

Wait wait wait did he really say “if Jarvis Jones can get 13.5 sacks he could get 15 ?” Cmon man you couldn’t carry Jones’ shoulder pads after practice. I wonder who is filling his head with this nonsense? Good luck at fsu or vandy but please come back to earth before you enroll in college humility will take you long way.

LMAO

July 27th, 2012
5:54 am

He will fit in perfect with Franklin at vandy. Both talk a great game but have nothing to back it up but an extremely inflated self-worth.

example

July 27th, 2012
5:55 am

I think this is a perfect example of CMR changing the type of athlete he is going to recruit to UGA. The last 2 years have been rough on UGA.– 1/3 of dream team is gone. CMR is rethink his ways in recruiting the attitude players

Best Wishes

July 27th, 2012
6:27 am

Best Wishes to the young man. He is obviously very talented, and it’s too bad that he didn’t value the UGA offer more than the others. If he goes to FSU, I wish him great success vs GT and UF; if he goes to VU, then best wishes vs USCe and the Vols.

Sopwith Camel

July 27th, 2012
6:50 am

You probably wouldn’t make $60K out of school even if there were any jobs for college graduates out there.

poopdawg

July 27th, 2012
7:02 am

I was hoping for a 4th place finish with this kid. Why did i just read that article? Isn’t this the kid Granthan told he needed to get stronger?

Game Changer

July 27th, 2012
7:15 am

Bellamy may improve and be very good but at this time all he has is the body and a new found dedication to get better. Good luck to this young man, keep you nose clean and do right. Show good charcter and accountability, you will find some success.

Top Dawg

July 27th, 2012
7:26 am

They offered him a scholarship. Grow up and either accept it or don’t.

DesignerJacket

July 27th, 2012
7:36 am

Wow is he planning on studying some kind of engineering up there at Vandy? Because if not, there’s not many companies paying 60k even for the top grads right now….because they can get them in the door for a lot less until the economic situation gets better. The most generous average I could find for Vandy grads starting salaries was 52k, and it was skewed due to higher-than-representative numbers of engineering grads responding to the survey. I think James Franklin might be exaggerating. By a good bit.

KeepDreaming

July 27th, 2012
7:37 am

“You hear that momma, I can make $60,000 a year with a degree from Vanderbilt!”

Is this Franklin’s recruiting pitch? Yowwwwwzas!!!!

Butter Bean Floyd

July 27th, 2012
7:38 am

The funny thing is that this kid will end up playing at Vandy and will probably will have three sacks against UGA.. Silly “Ricky Bobby” Richt.

coach Pancoast

July 27th, 2012
7:38 am

Definitely not a UGA type player, good grades, thinking about his future after football, no guns, drugs or assualts. Too good to be a doggie.

Butter Bean Floyd

July 27th, 2012
7:41 am

3 sacks in one game too….. with more to come that is…..

DesignerJacket

July 27th, 2012
7:48 am

kingdaddy, if Vandy’s opponents remember his comment by the time he starts…I’m thinking it’s the SEC O-Lines that will have their fun “welcoming” him to the game. I find it kind of a brazen little remark to make unless he’s close friends with Mr. Jones already. Because if not, I’m thinking it was totally stuck up.

Hold on!!!!

July 27th, 2012
7:49 am

I thought he was a Tech lock? lol

zulucanibal

July 27th, 2012
7:52 am

weak sauce…really isnt something else to be reported on?

RedandBlackDAWG

July 27th, 2012
7:57 am

It was a numbers game and he lost out. UGA got who they needed with Kimbrough and McGhee.

mgdawg

July 27th, 2012
7:57 am

does anyone else think the kid would have failed a drug test on the day that picture was taken?

Whiskey Breath

July 27th, 2012
7:58 am

Boy pups, you are going have a real problem spinning this, Calling Gator, that guy can spin anything for Florida or Georgia, depending on what day it is.

Beast from the East

July 27th, 2012
7:59 am

Happens daily. Grown men bashing a high school kid on the AJC. Never ceases to amaze me.

North Georgia Dawg

July 27th, 2012
8:03 am

Good luck to Bellamy at either school! Georgia is loaded with good linebackers already and in the 2013 class and we need to get more committments in the areas where we are thin (O-line, secondary, etc.)…

kingdaddy

July 27th, 2012
8:06 am

DJ
You ever see an adult Dog snap a whelp? Arrogance will get you called to the carpet and humbled. Probably the best thing that could happen to this narcissist…

ggbal

July 27th, 2012
8:06 am

UGA could’ve been third finalist for 4-star DE… but they choose not to pursue him further due to poor character issues…… Good for UGA.

And Beast…. AJC bashing UGA with negative spin headlines… For blog Hits…. Happens daily.

Dewnsav

July 27th, 2012
8:07 am

Good luck Davin…Dogs are good at LB/DE and he will go to another SAEC school and be happy…win/win…go dogs

DIT

July 27th, 2012
8:07 am

Seems pretty clean cut to me. The young man is more interested in Vandy than UGA. Nothing wrong with that. His feelings got hurt because he thought that UGA was going to continue to “show him the love” even though he pretty much said no to them. Personally, I think it’s awesome that UGA stop recruiting him. CMR & company need to go after the people that truly want to be a part of UGA’s football program and not a circus.
I still wish the young man much luck on whomever he chooses!

Say Whut

July 27th, 2012
8:08 am

Davin,

My wife was a national champion athlete, turned down Vanderbilt and went to Florida State on a full academic– grad. in 3 years. You CAN get a first class education at either FSU or Georgia. Vandy is good but not necessarily better.

jddawg

July 27th, 2012
8:09 am

Hey Pantoast, it is spelled “assaults,” not “assualts”…retard!

McDawg

July 27th, 2012
8:10 am

hey its a 2-way street

kingdaddy

July 27th, 2012
8:11 am

“I’m going to Vanderbilt to become a star! ” Bwaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaa.
Then, we’re going to Disneyland, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, lol…

Butter Bean Floyd

July 27th, 2012
8:13 am

Dit…. UGA’s Recruiting is already a circus. Where have you been my friend?

GtDawg

July 27th, 2012
8:14 am

North Georgia Dawg

July 27th, 2012
8:15 am

This guy thinks he can be better than JJ? He should have at least not said that in public even if he felt he could. This kind of garbage rubs people the wrong way and quite frankly UGA has enough of these kind of guys as it is. Though sometimes those guys who run their mouths during recruiting process actually live up to the hype (Jadeveon Clowney and a Florida State recruit bashing Nick Saban).

Dumbo Weenie

July 27th, 2012
8:16 am

Come to Clempson Kid! We gonna stomp UGA’s a_ _ next year!

DIT

July 27th, 2012
8:17 am

BBF… To a certain extent, yes it has. That’s because there have been kids recruited there that for what ever reason did not think it was important to be commited to the program or any prpgram for that reason. They only thought of themselves. I hope this reverses the type of recruiting that has been taking place at UGA.

yellowfever

July 27th, 2012
8:18 am

Get over it people. Not all 3,4,& 5 star recruits want to go to the 4th or 5th best school in the SEC.

JB

July 27th, 2012
8:19 am

Maybe we are focusing on the OL position….and that’s the reason UGA dropped off. Maybe we have enough DE in the system,Good luck to the young man where ever he goes. Go Dawgs.

Will Muschamp

July 27th, 2012
8:20 am

“Get over it people. Not all 3,4,& 5 star recruits want to go to the 4th or 5th best school in the SEC.”

Why not the best one? Go Gators!! SEC Champs 2012.

Will Muschamp

July 27th, 2012
8:21 am

Fourth in the SEC isn’t bad at all actually. But it pales in comparison to Florida and our rise to glory this season.

Dumbo Weenie

July 27th, 2012
8:21 am

Maybe Richt and Boo Boo wanted this kid as a tight end. Like that guy who ended up at Auburn ,won a heisman and a national championship. hmmmmm….

JB

July 27th, 2012
8:22 am

enough stars on roster to beat Tech 10 of 11, just say’n.

kingdaddy

July 27th, 2012
8:22 am

So he chooses Vandy?

JB

July 27th, 2012
8:23 am

Or Maybe Richt doesn’t have 180K laying around to use D Weenie.

The Grinch

July 27th, 2012
8:23 am

He rates himself higher than Jarvis Jones and Vandy is one of his top two schools? Um……..right.

Gene Chizikkk

July 27th, 2012
8:24 am

Dumbo, you mean the guy I coached to a national champion? Cam was amazing, but without my coaching he was nothing. I am the greatest and the coolest guy around. Have you ever read my book? Have you watched the way I chew my gum with my mouth open? :) :)

The Grinch

July 27th, 2012
8:24 am

Dumbo Weenie
July 27th, 2012
8:21 am

So Auburn wants him as a QB? :lol:

Dumbo Weenie

July 27th, 2012
8:24 am

Richts waterloo…. Losing to Vandy between the hedges…….. book it!