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.”
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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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