Thursday, January 3, 2013
DE Bellamy reacts to Craig's departure
By Corey Dowlar
ESPN 300 defensive end Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) found out before just about everyone.
About an hour before the news broke that Florida State assistant coach, and Bellamy's primary recruiter, Dameyune Craig was headed to Auburn, Bellamy got the call from the coach himself explaining the situation.
"I definitely understand, and I told him good luck," Bellamy said. "He told me that they are going to come at me hard once he gets to Auburn and gets set up."
Though Craig insists he will continue to recruit Bellamy once at Auburn, the four-star prospect said it could be a "bad fit" for him there. Five-star defensive end Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) already is committed to Auburn, along with four-star Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata), Bellamy did cite "politics" as a hold up.
But there is some curiosity, admittedly.
"I would say it opens my eyes a little," he said, "but my heart is still at FSU."
With the departure of defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot to Kentucky, too, Bellamy's relationships with assistant coaches at Florida State are a shell of what they used to be.
New assistants Jeremy Pruitt and Sal Sunseri both knew of Bellamy while they were at Alabama and Tennessee, respectively, but neither offered. Meeting them and getting to see how he would fit is a major priority for Bellamy.
The contact period opens again on Friday, and Bellamy would like nothing more than to hear from the Seminoles coaches.
"I want to see if they really want me, or are they just happy that I am already on the roster," he said. "I would like to see how much they talk to me then, because I think that will show how much they want me. If they really wanted me still, they will try to keep me from jumping ship."
Bellamy committed to Florida State on Aug. 11, choosing the Noles over Vanderbilt. He has official visits set for Tennessee on Jan. 18 and Virginia Tech on Jan. 25.