Davin Bellamy: Will longtime FSU commit flip to UGA?

After UGA lost Naim Mustafaa to Oklahoma State earlier this week, the Bulldogs set their sights on Chamblee High School defensive end Davin Bellamy.

And because former UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner left for Auburn, Bellamy is now seriously considering the Bulldogs.

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The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bellamy, who is committed to Florida State, has set up an official visit to UGA for Jan. 25.

“I’m really feeling Georgia right now,” Bellamy told the AJC on Tuesday night.

When Bellamy seriously considered UGA the last time, he didn’t have the same positive feelings. He soured on the Bulldogs because of a bad experience, as first reported by ESPN DawgNation’s Kipp Adams.

“Coach Garner invited me down one weekend for an unofficial visit to get a feeling for the campus,” Bellamy said. “When we got down there, nobody knew about the meeting, and Coach Garner wasn’t even there. My coach was (angry) because he wasted gas.

“That kind of cut Georgia out of the picture then because I felt like I wasn’t wanted. After that day, (Garner) didn’t even call and apologize for it. I didn’t hear from Georgia again until I had more than 20 offers. Then after they offered, I didn’t hear much from them after that.

“My recruiting was handled poorly but everything else except for that about Georgia I love.”

Bellamy is suddenly considering UGA again after a recent turn of events: Garner was hired away by Auburn, the Bulldogs desperately need a defensive end after the defection of Mustafaa, and two coaches that played a pivotal role in recruiting Bellamy to Florida State are now gone from the Seminoles.

FSU DE commit Davin Bellamy

FSU DE commit Davin Bellamy

“When Coach Garner left, it opened the door for Georgia,” Bellamy said. “And now they’re getting Coach (Chris) Wilson from Mississippi State, who has been recruiting me since the very beginning. During the last contact period, Coach Wilson came to my school and told me he still wanted me to visit Mississippi State, even though I was committed.”

Bellamy is also high on UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who he says gave him the best presentation out of any college with a film session during another unofficial visit with the Bulldogs.

“Coach Grantham loves me, he feels like Georgia messed up my recruiting earlier, and he’s happy to get a second chance,” Bellamy said.

Bellamy will visit Florida State this weekend, Tennessee on Jan. 18, UGA on Jan. 15 and either UCLA, Clemson or NC State on the final weekend before signing day.

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177 comments Add your comment

The AlphaDawg

January 9th, 2013
2:47 am

If he really wants to be a dog then thats good news

HBTD

January 9th, 2013
3:33 am

Let the big dawg eat!

UGA Dawg91

January 9th, 2013
5:59 am

Bellamy sounds like a nice pickup if can flip him. The comments about Garner are disturbing considering he was the recruiting coordinator. Maybe all the comments about him screwing up were true. Look at the situation with Lawson from Milton. A UGA fan growing up and we don’t even offer the kid for months after he commits to someone else and Garner blames it on Grantham.

tenn.DAWG

January 9th, 2013
6:17 am

You can’t screw up as bad as Garner has without trying,sounds like he wanted to sabotage UGA recruiting.

gomdawg

January 9th, 2013
6:19 am

Sound like maybe Garner may have been our problem keeping Georgia player home . Bellamy if your heart is a Dawg then we want you. Good Luck with your choice. PLEASE COME TO GEORGIA WE NEED YOU

Greyshirt_ne_1?

January 9th, 2013
6:25 am

26.2

January 9th, 2013
6:46 am

Sounds like the young man is mature enough to let by gones be by gones. Also sounds like a win – win situation.

RedandBlackDAWG

January 9th, 2013
7:00 am

I think, 15 years at one school, and not a lot of chance to ever be much higher in the organization made him lazy.
I hope this new guy coaches better than Garner did, and I also hope that UGA looks seriously at a new head recruiter, that is already with the team. It isn’t that Garner was over worked, he just got complacent, as the statements from the young man would seem to indicate.

Neutral

January 9th, 2013
7:02 am

Wow…..there is starting to be a trend here. First we hear about Lawson and now Davin. We may be very lucky RG left for Auburn. Word on the street was RG was very lazy…now we know. I sure wish Carl and Davin would give UGa a close look now that Garner is gone. Carl was shunned by Garner, not Richt, but now Garner is kissing-up to him in a big time way. Carl was a lifelong Dawg fan and Garner destroyed that. What a bummer!!!

HunryDawg

January 9th, 2013
7:15 am

Garner was always be an auburn man, as he would like to say, and now the loser is gone. The bag man is home again at auburn.

JB

January 9th, 2013
7:20 am

FSU just flip a higher rated DE (Walker) from Alabama.This kid would of had to redshirt, Walker is ready to play. UGA can have him

Neutral

January 9th, 2013
7:26 am

Carl and Davin,
UGa wants you guys to be our bookends. Garner is gone and our new defensive line coach has an incredible bio and needs you Please reconsider being part of your home state team now that the poison is out of Athens.

Destin Dawg

January 9th, 2013
7:28 am

Grantham is the man… we’ll be better off without Garner.. he got fat and complacent… Go Dawgs !!!

Jay

January 9th, 2013
7:28 am

Rodney Garner, you area fat, lazy pile of crap. Auburn is where you obviously belong. Can’t believe UGA kept him on their staff this whole time.

Neutral

January 9th, 2013
7:31 am

JB,
You are correct, but Davin has always been a Dawg fan and wanted to play closer to home. The problem totally fell in RG’s lap…..just like with Carl Lawson. I’m so pissed-off with Garner for chasing off some really great Georgia players. This new defensive coach has a great resume and is also a good recruiter. Hopefully Davin and Carl will reconsider and play for the DAWGS.

Independent

January 9th, 2013
7:32 am

kids that stay in State… close to support groups… friends and family… do better in school and life after sports… Davin, be a UGA home state hero… Go dawgs !!!

Goldenrod

January 9th, 2013
7:41 am

Play football and get a real education at Georgia Tech!

longtimedawgfan

January 9th, 2013
7:44 am

we probably need to have CW revisit all RG’s “overlooked” players….the more time passes, the more certain that we can be that it was probably “past” the time that RG should have left

Big Albany Dawg

January 9th, 2013
7:59 am

Love Chris Wilson. Keep up the hard work and land this young man and a compliment of others

DawgByte

January 9th, 2013
8:00 am

Another prime example of why I’m so excited Rodney Garner is no longer UGA’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach. This type of incident has occurred far too often during Garner’s tenure at Georgia. Good riddance CRG!!!

dougsmugs

January 9th, 2013
8:00 am

He didn’t offer Robert Nkemdiche’s brother, he was late to offer Dillion Lee even though we had Dallas already on the team and Dillion wanted to be a Dawg but stuck with his commitment to Bama. Garner was either lazy or sabotaging the Dawgs. Maybe, he was bitter for being passed over as Defensive Coordinator?

Scottyfloze

January 9th, 2013
8:09 am

I agree that is was time for RG to go but at the same time there are two sides to every story. If you thought we were blown off the line of against bama – try putting a couple of 250 pound ends on a 3/4 defense and see what happens. Maybe TG will stand them up as OLB but that is the problem – do you want to spend your time convincing these kids to switch positions or spend your time convincing the kids you want them to come to your school?

Really?

January 9th, 2013
8:10 am

Goldenrod, I don’t think that line works on the 4 & 5 star recruits. The 1 & 2.5 star recruits love tech. They know they will play early.

Remember

January 9th, 2013
8:13 am

Need offensive lineman.That is all.

RHall55

January 9th, 2013
8:20 am

Garner was a problem @ UGA for years…gotten really lazy and complacent…he recruited by having the kids come to him not seeing them…lost out on many an in-state recruit…(another Coach that CMR should have canned a long time ago…yes, he had some credits on sending some guys to the NFL and some good recruiting classes, but he lost out on too many very good kids and offered many too late….I recently was told by a Norcross Asst Coach that he had not seen RG @ Norcross in over 10 years…bye, bye Big Ole Complacent One!!!

Preston Thompson

January 9th, 2013
8:23 am

In reading some information of late, I can’t help but get the feeling Coach Garner did in fact try to sabotage some of the UGA recruiting. He probably was bitter about being passed over, but with other commitments now considering the Dawgs one has to wonder just what was going on. Looks like we have a good one in Wilson and he’s already contacted recruits that Ga whiffed on with Garner, I would really hate to think something as devious as this could happen, but I suppose worse thing has happened.

Scottyfloze

January 9th, 2013
8:23 am

On another note – there are far too many resources at UGA and the UGA alumni to ever, ever, ever overlook a Georgia High school prospect. It makes me sick when I hear that UGA didn’t offer early enough or we missed a kid coming to campus.

If a third party recruiting website can keep up with these kids or even Jaime Newberg who is covering every player in the country – then why can’t we? I am glad to see RG gone for this reason.

How many players on that Bama team where from Alabama? How many where from Georgia?

This isn’t Texas with 10 schools or Florida with 5 schools recruiting homegrown talent. This is Georgia with the only other school to compete with local boys runs a gimmick offense.

Paddy

January 9th, 2013
8:25 am

After supporting RG for a long time, I have finally woke up. This article tips the scales for me. Turn the page. Time to start getting the top Ga talent every year.

Vampire Bill

January 9th, 2013
8:31 am

Hopefully recruiting will get a lot better for the dawgs. Love it. Isn’t 230 a bit light for a DE? I’m sure a year of weights and good Athens eating will fix that.

Flo - Ri - Duh

January 9th, 2013
8:32 am

Perhaps Garner got bored over time and felt he had no opportunity for promotion – been there myself. At one time Garner was a big asset to UGA as a recruiter and I appreciate his past service to UGA. It was time for him to move on and he knew it. Both sides are better off.

olderDAWGthanu

January 9th, 2013
8:35 am

Good point Scotty. Beam me up. Bellamy is too small for DE in the 3-4, so my question is, how does he project at OLB? Can he cover and tackle in space? Here is my main concern, however: I have been reading that we will sign around 34 in this class. I don’t understand how all those numbers work out, but I know it has something to do with current scholarships; early enrollee’s; and maximizing at 85. By my calculations (not guaranteed to be anywhere near accurate), with the defection of Mustafaa we have 5 spots left (now 29 current commits). From everything I have read we have about an 80% chance with L. Tunsil; 70% w/ T. Johnson; 50-50 with both A. Kamara & M. Adams. That leaves one more spot, assuming we sign those 4. We are still heavily pursuing R. Foster, Crowder, and M. Thomas from South Florida. All I can say is I am glad I am not the guy that has to figure out all the numbers and who to bank on and who to pass on. I often wonder how many of these guys are “silent” commits, or how much the coaches know before signing day. I am sure there are surprises and disappointments every year. The next few weeks should be exciting to say the least. Hopefully the new D Line coach will be able to secure some of these home-grown DAWG-for-life guys that can really play and WANT to be DAWGS.

Flo - Ri - Duh

January 9th, 2013
8:38 am

In a 3-4 scheme the DE ideally will be about 270 lbs because they have to take on double teams. Nkemdiche would have been an ideal 3-4 DE. Isaac Rochelle would have been an ideal 3-4 DE. Carl Lawson is a tweener at about 240 lbs. Garner failed to influence any of these in state recruits to come to UGA. Bellamy is to light right now to be a 3-4 DE….. probably an OLB unless he can put on 30 -40 lbs and keep his quickness – unlikly.
Time for Garner to move on.

fatboyslim

January 9th, 2013
8:44 am

Gt #1, we knocked off the preseason #1 team, at the end of the year when they were unranked! Vad Lee!!! CPJ !!!! We’ve got the spread option, it’s impossible to defend!!!! It’s not the same as the old option!!
Manti Te’ooooooo was awesome against Bama, that guy is the greatest LB to ever play the game!!! He should’ve played at GT!!!!

Ed Pilcher

January 9th, 2013
8:46 am

Starting to sound more and more like Garner was part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Brandon

January 9th, 2013
8:50 am

So is he visiting on the 25th or the 15th???

Cam Newton

January 9th, 2013
8:52 am

If Garner hadnt ben at jawja I cudda played QB instead of TE for Corch Rick.

Army Strong

January 9th, 2013
8:55 am

To be honest, I don’t see why this guy is so high on CW’s and CTG’s board. He relies too much on his downhill speed rather than mixing up his moves at the line; he’s stiff at the hips; he’s not particularly good at shedding blockers, and he has a high pad level. Once he gets moving North-South, he closes very well. But he will need a lot of development to be a suitable DE for run-first SEC offenses. He’ll definitely have to redshirt to both, build ideal size for a 3-4 DE and to improve his technique.

Moist Dawg

January 9th, 2013
8:55 am

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Moist Dawg

January 9th, 2013
8:59 am

Garner is a national disgrace. I am calling for a NCAA investigation into how long this traitor was on the auburn payroll. I never trusted that guy and obviusly I was right. He should be arrested if he ever sets foot in Georgia again

Why Dawgs

January 9th, 2013
9:12 am

Did CMR allow Rodney Garner to stay in such a pivotal position? Based on the comments it seems obvious he was not doing his job. Just Wondering

kybodawg

January 9th, 2013
9:17 am

hey goldenrod he doesnt want to go to tech because they play tackle football in the sec not acc flag ball.

topdawg

January 9th, 2013
9:17 am

10 yrs ago Coach Garner was a great recruiter, the last few yrs at UGA he has allowed too many of Georgia’s top players to get away. Would love to see UGA hire Hines Ward for special teams coach and recruiting coordinator. I truly believe he would close off the state to the best recruits.

slydog

January 9th, 2013
9:19 am

I have heard this theory before, didn’t want to believe it, but many years later, I think it rings true: Most teams, college and pro, are purposely sabotaged so that only a handful of teams/cities can dominate sports. The thought being that people are more comfortable with a known variable rather than an unknown variable, hence more money to be made. Every now and then, an also ran will be allowed to win just for variety sakes (San Antonio Spurs?) If one looks at most front offices, athletic departments, coaching staffs, owners, etc., they do some inexplicable things that detracts from winning and competing. Why would Garner purposely botch recruiting efforts for Georgia? Why draft players like Christian Ponder in the first round? Why not spike the ball with 30 seconds to go in the SEC Championship game? Why does Norv Turner and Chan Gailey continue to get jobs? The list goes on and on

Lancedawg

January 9th, 2013
9:21 am

Our recruiting went from great to good over the last 5 years. I can see why now. Who is our recruiting coordinator now? Cause Rivals top two players are from GA and neither one is considering the dawgs. Also how do we sign Theus’s little brother and not sign Nkemdiche’s brother knowing we would get the package. Somebody has been sleep walking through this process.

slydog

January 9th, 2013
9:21 am

“@Army Strong
January 9th, 2013
8:55 am

To be honest, I don’t see why this guy is so high on CW’s and CTG’s board. He relies too much on his downhill speed rather than mixing up his moves at the line; he’s stiff at the hips; he’s not particularly good at shedding blockers, and he has a high pad level. Once he gets moving North-South, he closes very well. But he will need a lot of development to be a suitable DE for run-first SEC offenses. He’ll definitely have to redshirt to both, build ideal size for a 3-4 DE and to improve his technique.”

To be honest, I don’t think this kid should be evaluated for April’s draft just yet. He hasn’t even went to the prom….lol. Mike Mayock and Todd McShay does not need to break his game down yet. C’mon on man, at least let him benefit from coaching at a higher level before we give out draft grades….lol

tony

January 9th, 2013
9:24 am

Mark Richt need to get a grip on those problems that are hurting his football team. Those kind of things(sabotage recruiting/dl poor play) should never go unnoticed. One day Garner will pay for wrong. Galatians 6:7,8

A GT fan

January 9th, 2013
9:30 am

“I’m really feeling Georgia right now,”

“Coach Grantham loves me,
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This recruiting stuff gives me a chuckle every time!

TD

January 9th, 2013
9:40 am

Ok, I just want to know if RG made all the decisions on when to offer scholarships to recruits or was the position coach and head coach the final decision maker. Everyone on this blog is blaming Garner and I really doubt he was the one who “pulled the trigger” on offers. Don’t know Randy Garner and didn”t care if he stayed or left.

SouthGaBrave

January 9th, 2013
9:41 am

olderDAWGthanu,

The max number for this year is 35, not 34, due to 10 of the 13 early enrollee’s being back-counted to the 2012 class. That would leave 6 potentially open spots. Obviously falling short of that number isn’t the end of the world, because if we don’t hit 25 initial counters for the 2013 class (10 back-counting EE’s plus 25 initial qualifiers, for a total of 35 for the class) then the unused spots can be satisfied by early enrollees for the 2014 class (which has alot of depth in-state).

robert

January 9th, 2013
9:42 am

So why are we just now hearing about Garner’s poor recruiting? Why did the AJC not write about this problem till after Garner was gone?