Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) has committed to Florida State over finalist Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon.
In a year when the Seminoles need two to three defensive ends, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound four-star ESPN 300 prospect becomes the first.
"The reason I chose Florida State is because I felt that they gave me the best opportunity to make it to the [National Football] League,” Bellamy said. “I am not just saying that that is the most important thing, but a lot of people throw around the Vanderbilt education and stuff, but you can't really compare their education to any other BCS school. Florida State's education isn't so bad either. I think if you get that degree, you can still do a lot with it.
"I wanted to wait to make this decision on the 11th so I could get some recognition to my teammates and the program. I feel like all my hard work has paid off. When you walk into Florida State with all their legendary players, legendary defensive ends. I feel like all my hard work has paid off when a school like that offers me a scholarship. I am real excited to do this because I feel like I am one step closer to my dream and I am ready to make it happen."
Playing time did cross Bellamy's mind once or twice. With a loaded haul at the defensive end position in 2012, he understood there would be competition.
He's changed his tune since then.
"At first I was leaning to Vanderbilt because FSU had just brought in Mario Edwards and Chris Casher. But when I went down there on the visit, they showed me how they could use me.
"I talked to coach Jimbo Fisher and he made it clear to me that even though they brought in those guys, Mario Edwards weighs 300 pounds and Chris Casher weighs 250 or 260 pounds. He told me they don't have a guy at the defensive end position that can do what I can do, drop back, cover, rush the passer, just a kind of do-it-all defensive end. They said that they remind them of Brandon Jenkins because of my athletic ability. I am different from what they have and I think I can get some playing time early in my freshman year because of my skill set."
Bellamy possesses what ESPN scouts call "a very good initial burst" that has him primed for a rush end position once he puts on the requisite weight. Defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot played a big role in his recruitment, having shown the ability to develop defensive ends. For his setting, that was a big draw for Bellamy.
The defensive end's commitment to Florida State gives the Seminoles 17 commitments for the 2013 class and 11 inside the ESPN 300. FSU could add No. 18 – a number it had reached last month before the decommitments of Maquedius Bain and Sojourn Shelton -- on Monday when Levonte Whitfield announces from Orlando at 10 a.m.