- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
Coming into this weekend, an ESPN 300 defensive end had a lot of questions about Florida State.
Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) had been committed to Florida State since August. But several of the coaches have since departed to new jobs and new opportunities. SO FSU, in relation to Bellamy, anyway, had to strike up a new understanding.
The initial reviews from Bellamy were positive.
"I really, really, really enjoyed myself," he said. "A lot of questions that I had were answered. All of the new coaches and stuff, we kind of bonded real quickly. There were a lot of players there already committed, too, so I got along with them. We really hit it off with them. The new coaching staff, a lot of them I already knew because they recruited me from other schools."
The introduction of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, and defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, were the two key hires relative to Bellamy. Though he didn't get to spend that much time with the guy that will be calling the plays, Bellamy did talk to his potential position coach an awful lot.
And Sunseri made an interesting comparison that left Bellamy intrigued.
"Today was the big meeting day, but I didn't get a chance to meet with Coach Pruitt, but I met with Sal [Sunseri] and Coach Jimbo [Fisher]," he said. "When I went with Coach Sal, he told me that he had never had a player like me with a basketball background that could translate to the field since Julius Peppers. He showed me a lot of the tapes and techniques that they used. Coach Fisher said the same thing, basically. They are planning on using me as a stand-up guy or move around the line of scrimmage and stuff. Just being a versatile player."
Bellamy wouldn't go so far as to say he's definitely going to sign with the Seminoles, but he took note of their concern for him being in the class.
"I always loved Florida State since day one," he said. "I love the campus, I love the people, I love the team and Jimbo is the best relationship of any head coach that I have with all the schools. FSU was always the leader, but I just had questions about the coaching staff and whether they wanted me. But they seemed more excited about me than I was.
"I am sure Jimbo read some of the articles about me looking around. He told me that he was worried and he didn't want me to go, but he understood. Jimbo said they could have took anyone at defensive end first, but they took me."
Bellamy will take two more officials in the next two weekends, to Tennessee and Georgia, respectively. The two SEC schools will have to present a new opportunity or advantage in order to sway him from the Seminoles.
"What does a team have that Florida State doesn't?" he said. "Basically it is going to come down to that."
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