Davin Bellamy: FSU lands 4-star DE who will still visit other schools

FSU-bound DE Davin Bellamy

FSU-bound DE Davin Bellamy

As expected, one of the state’s most-heavily recruited prospects committed to Florida State on Saturday.

Davin Bellamy, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Chamblee High School, picked Florida State over Vanderbilt, among his 33 football scholarship offers, which also included UGA and Georgia Tech.

“I just felt like I had to make a decision to go with the school that would be better for my career and help my chances of going pro,” Bellamy told the AJC. “I thought Florida State could do that for me.”

UGA was thought to be a serious contender for the 4-star recruit but Bellamy said he hadn’t heard much from Bulldogs since Brookwood’s Shaun McGee committed to UGA last month. “Georgia was definitely among my favorites but they lost communications with me. A lot of people are telling me that Georgia will come back on me later in the year.”

What if Georgia comes back after him? “If they do, I’m 100-percent committed to Florida State.”

Despite Saturday’s decision, Bellamy said he plans to take all five official visits this season. FSU will be one, while the others will likely be UNC, Michigan State, Florida International and a school on the West coast.

“I will be visiting schools I wasn’t able to get to this summer because of distance,” Bellamy said. “I want to take all my visits because you only get to go through this one time. I will never be a 17-year-old recruit again.”

Bellamy said he hasn’t talked to FSU yet about taking all of his visits, but he expects them to be understanding. “They should be fine with it. I will let them know later on. I’m sure they understand that I’ll go through this only once.”

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45 comments Add your comment

AJC Sports

August 11th, 2012
3:00 pm

@Smart, personal attacks on kids will not be tolerated.

Bad Dawg

August 11th, 2012
3:04 pm

Nice SMART. Bashing a kid for living his life.

wild one 13

August 11th, 2012
3:07 pm

I can’t help but wonder, how many of these blue chip recruits will flip after this season is over when their team has a poor season on the field.

Lance

August 11th, 2012
3:26 pm

The same kid who said something like” if jones can get 14 sacks at Uga I should be able to get 16″. Now he says he would be the man if he comitted to vandy when he stepped on campus. This is not the kind of kid Uga needs. We need more OL commits. I hope he can match his words with deeds.

Duke

August 11th, 2012
3:29 pm

I can’t believe the AJC lets “Smart” get away with trashing kids like that … smh

sid

August 11th, 2012
3:35 pm

Looks like Bellamy is a “package” deal. LMAO.

JustMyOpnion

August 11th, 2012
3:40 pm

@Bad Dawg- I kinda agree with Smart because if he’s %100 committed, why visit other schools? But Smart you have to be careful what you say negative about ‘kids’, though.

Beast from the East

August 11th, 2012
3:41 pm

This is all Richt’s fault.

Jacket Man

August 11th, 2012
3:47 pm

I happen to agree with the position; if you have made a commitment you know you’re going to stick with, don’t take any more official trips because all you’re doing is costing the hosting school time, and the money required to bring you there and house/feed you. It’s also taking away from their maximum number of official visits that are allowed by the NCAA per year. It’s a sign of selfishness and immaturity on the part of the player, and if the parents/guardians are allowing it, it also makes you wonder about their integrity as well. Now if the player wants to take unofficial visits, and pay for everything on their own, and not cost the school any OV, then go for it…I still think he’s not committed, but if he wants to pay for it himself, then he’ll take the visit more seriously…is that a place he really wants to be versus where he is already committed to?

derekross05

August 11th, 2012
3:48 pm

If you are going to visit other schools, why not wait until you are done to actually “commit?”

wild one 13

August 11th, 2012
3:58 pm

Let the young man take his visits. Who would not like to take a free flight out to California, get first class treatment with female escorts and catch a free game on the sideline. As far as the cost, these college programs are going to make their money back with intrest on the blood, sweat, and tears of these young men.

K. Conway

August 11th, 2012
4:17 pm

The State of Georgia is rich with talent…much more than those ACC states!

Isaiah.....

August 11th, 2012
4:38 pm

Speaking of “escorts”, UGA be da bestes…….just ax kaleb……,.

chuck

August 11th, 2012
4:44 pm

If I were the other schools, I would not allow him to take a visit, after he has committed to a school. If all schools did that they would cut out all this visiting after committing.

still at the Kool-aid BAR

August 11th, 2012
5:08 pm

Enter your comments here

still at the Kool-aid BAR

August 11th, 2012
5:09 pm

A person SMART enough to know......

August 11th, 2012
5:10 pm

Paul in NH

August 11th, 2012
5:36 pm

I understand why the kid wants to visit other schools on their nickel – have an enjoyable free trip. I understand why the schools with money want to bring him in – it gives them the opportunity to pursuade him to flip schools. I don’t know why the heck Florida International would bing him in. A 4-star committed to FSU with offers from UGA, Vandy, UNC, etc is not going to go to FIU

Uga IX

August 11th, 2012
6:01 pm

Enter your comments here

Destin Dawg

August 11th, 2012
6:50 pm

makes no difference til Feb… FSU holds you a spot.. while you shop around ???

Michael Carvell

August 11th, 2012
6:52 pm

@Jacket Man, if it’s a sign of anything, it’s a sign … of the times. Both UGA and Georgia Tech have commits that claim they will visit other schools this year. It’s everywhere. It’s a growing trend in college football recruiting, and I see it growing bigger and bigger as the colleges pressure the kids to commit earlier and earlier.

As far as colleges “wasting” time and money to bring in a kid committed to another school for an official visit, they will gladly do it. Why? Because there’s always a chance they can flip the kid. As we know, that happens every year.

Beast from the East

August 11th, 2012
7:30 pm

Paul in NH,
I’m pretty sure he’s going to FIU so he can enjoy the city of Miami and whatever comes with it on his trip.

The Truth

August 11th, 2012
7:50 pm

Word on the street…UGA was backing off this kid anyway.

Big Tusk

August 11th, 2012
7:55 pm

I thought he was leaning that way, looks like Jimbo Fisher is stepping up the recruiting on that club.

poopdawg

August 11th, 2012
8:00 pm

Beast , my first meal in Miami would at Joe’s Stone Crab in south beach. Very good food . What is your prediction at QB at UF? Good luck Davin.

Mr Webster

August 11th, 2012
11:18 pm

Someone needs to read my book. Find the section with the “C” words (it’s after the “B’s” and before the “D’s”)’ and find the definition of the word COMMITMENT!

ALABAMA FOOTBALL

August 11th, 2012
11:32 pm

Stinger 2

August 12th, 2012
4:28 am

If a kid wants to take any or all of his official visits so be it. However,
he should not be allowed to “commit” until after his last OV. The word commitment is not being used properly unless the player does what the word means and takes no other action by visiting another school.

Neutral

August 12th, 2012
7:21 am

Is this the kid who UGa said needed to get stronger……and then he got upset with them for the recommendation? No matter, good luck Davin and go for the degree first just in case the “pro” dream doesn’t work out.

gt4ever

August 12th, 2012
8:11 am

Whatever, good luck, and you better grow some…

DawgNole

August 12th, 2012
8:11 am

K. Conway
August 11th, 2012
4:17 pm

The State of Georgia is rich with talent…much more than those ACC states!
___________________

In which state is Georgia Tech (ACC) located?

Too funny

August 12th, 2012
8:28 am

…and FSU and Miami happen to be located in the same state os those Gators.

North Ave trade School FTW

August 12th, 2012
9:33 am

Hey kid, visit wherever and whenever u want….at least this isnt happening to Tech this year….Lord knows we met and exceeded our quota of flippin kids the last few years.

crimson 1

August 12th, 2012
10:08 am

Same ole story. I am commited to you but I am going to visit other schools who can give me a better deal. If I can’t get a better deal, I will sign with you. Commitment means stop calling me until i sign.

Tampa Gator

August 12th, 2012
11:06 am

@Too funny….

Florida has one target remaining at DE….and his name is Demarcus Walker, not Davin Bellamy.

Herb Bell

August 12th, 2012
11:35 am

Some have expressed seeming disdain for the pepper pot, James Franklin, who is the coach at Vanderbilt.

This story and 1minute 39 second video might explain why he’s laying the foundation of a successful program at Vanderbilt… and why many would enjoy their kids getting a Vanderbilt education and playing for a coach like Franklin.

Enjoy… I think you’ll be lifted by this scene…

http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/081012aac.html

Beast from the East

August 12th, 2012
11:48 am

Herb Bell,
I saw that the other day. Nice story, but nothing unique about it. Walk-ons are rewarded with scholarships at most schools every year. How is that a selling point for Vandy or Franklin?

crimson 1

August 12th, 2012
12:14 pm

That James Franklin is a slick one. I remember last season when he played Bama. After the game when everyone is shaking hands on the field, he’s running towards Phillip Sims to personnally shake his hand. He’s gone outwork Saban. Too bad Sims went to Virginia.

Herb Bell

August 12th, 2012
1:36 pm

Beast from the East

You’re right, many schools reward walk-ons with a scholarship after the player proves worthy. So perhaps there’s no special credit for Franklin rewarding that fourth year player with a scholarship.

Coupla further comments…

1. Scholarships at Vandy are pretty expensive… so it was a nice reward for one who was probably gonna stay anyway, whether he received that scholarship reward or not.
2. With a “building program,” and given that the kid would probably stay anyway, Franklin could have said to himself, “hey, let’s use this scholarship to bring in another player, since he’s gonna be here anyway. Let’s keep and use him plus get us another one.” But he didn’t… he rewarded the kid for his persistence and making himself into a valuable contributor to the team. Perhaps a little credit could be given for that.

And to crimson 1, I wonder if Franklin knew the Phillip Sims and said to himself, “I’d like to say hello to him and shaking hands with him on the field now will be the only opportunity I’ll have since he’s here on a ‘Bama visit.” Just a thought… Franklin is well-known for building relationships/bonds with his prospective players as well as his players. So Saban got outworked after all… the kid went to Virginia.

nash

August 12th, 2012
2:49 pm

Congrads to the young man and his family because he will have a chance to get a top flight education at a tier one program. I knew he wouldn’t be a Dawg but I held out hope that he would be a jacket. Good luck in your future please get your degree.

It's ok, but don't sugarcoat it.

August 14th, 2012
1:54 pm

Was it really a surprise? This guys previous comments were all about his NFL pipedreams….nothing about cares for academics. That only came from his mom.
I wouldn’t offer this guy a free vacation (err, recruiting visit) to another school. It’s done.

enjoy

August 14th, 2012
1:56 pm

Nash, I knew he wouldn’t be a jacket, but I held out hope he’d be a Dawg.
That was more probable.

gt4ever

August 15th, 2012
9:51 am

I think the minute he visits another school his scholarship is up for grabs… Hey, you go ahead and visit, we may have a scholarship waiting… Come on FSU, grow a pair!

Teamarrow

August 15th, 2012
10:04 pm

He ain’t leaving, fsu will still pay the most for his services.

Flo - Ri - Duh

August 15th, 2012
11:37 pm

UGA dropped Bellamy and he knows it. They won’t be “coming back” on him. Good luck at FSU.