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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Leader solidified for FSU decommit Bellamy

By Kipp Adams

Just a few days ago, ESPN 300 defensive end Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) had a good idea of where he might want to go. Tuesday night, things had changed for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound pass-rusher.

Davin Bellamy
Davin Bellamy was all smiles when he committed to Florida State in August. Now he might be wearing a red Bulldogs jersey.
Late Tuesday, Bellamy announced his decision to decommit from Florida State, where he had been committed since last August.

“I felt like I did not need any more on my plate, because I already have a tough decision,” Bellamy said. “I think we mutually parted ways some time ago, because I could not build that same relationship like I had with Dameyune Craig. It just got to a point where I did not want Florida State to not be able to go out and find another defensive end.”

Earlier Tuesday came a new offer -- from Oregon. Bellamy now will head to the West Coast for one final official visit with an open mind.

“I am looking forward to seeing something new with Oregon,” Bellamy said. “They said the only position they do not have is outside linebacker and that I could come right in and compete. I have been to every school on the East coast. Everyone tells me I might go there and just fall in love with it. Schools are very similar in the Southeast, so I am excited about seeing a school with a new perspective.”

While his decision seems a little more difficult to make, Bellamy still maintains a sole leader for his signature, which he named after an official visit to Georgia over the weekend.

“Nothing has changed, and Georgia is still in the lead,” Bellamy said. “The only thing holding me back from going to Georgia is trust. The more we converse, the more trust we build. There are rumors that Todd Grantham is going to leave after signing day, and if that happened, that would be devastating.”

That possibility has led to Bellamy and the Bulldogs’ coaching staff agreeing on somewhat of a verbal pact, which includes a special code word of sorts.

“We have this little slogan we use for the trust we are building,” Bellamy said. “It is 'longevity 17,' and that is basically me saying if Grantham is there and I can wear my No. 17 next year, then there is a strong chance I will be a Dawg. Now Coach Grantham says it every time we talk.”

Monday night, Bellamy went out to eat with the Georgia coaches, and each side spent time discussing their personal lives.

“Coach Grantham, Coach Mark Richt and Coach Bryan McClendon and my mom and I really had some bonding time Monday,” Bellamy said. “My mom opened up to Coach Richt about family, Christian values, and about losing her parents, and Coach Mark Richt opened up to her, as well.”

The Volunteers are chasing Georgia for Bellamy, and they made a push for the four-star prospect Tuesday night.

“Tennessee is right there, though, and they had their in-home tonight,” Bellamy said. “It was their last hurrah at trying to get me, and it went well. Coach (Tommy) Thigpen, Coach (Steve) Stripling and Coach (John) Jancek were telling me I had a better opportunity to get on the field at Tennessee than at Georgia. They said Georgia has a lot of players, though, so I do not want to be stuck behind anybody for four years. Tennessee said I could come fresh with a new program and lead their team over the top.”

Bellamy can see himself having success at either Southeastern Conference program.

“The way I see it, I could go to Tennessee and be that guy on their defense,” Bellamy said. “Or I could go to Georgia and thrive in that pass-rushing system.”

Wherever he decides to go, Bellamy will take him time making that decision.

“After this meeting today, I have no idea where I am signing to,” Bellamy said. “It may come to a point where I might wait until after signing day, to be honest with you. It is so close. I am just going to relax and see where my heart takes me.”