Florida State Seminoles: Davin Bellamy

FSU moving quickly on in-state DE 

February, 1, 2013
After Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) decommitted from Florida State, the Seminoles needed to find another defensive end to replace him in this recruiting class.

FSU's biggest 2013 holes to fill

January, 30, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A year ago, there wasn't a lot of mystery looming over spring practice at Florida State. Signing day brought another crop of highly regarded talent, and spring practice storylines included more injuries than marquee position battles.

That won't be the case this year as a rash of departures from both assistant coaches and underclassmen mean the signing class is still in flux and the depth chart has plenty of spots up for grabs.

So, as the Seminoles' spring kicks into high gear, here are the five departures that have left the biggest voids that will need to be filled over the next few months.

1. Quarterback

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AP Photo/Phil SearsJacob Coker's size and athletic ability will be big factors in FSU's QB competition.
Going: EJ Manuel ended a five-year tenure in Tallahassee with a mixed reputation among the fans. Among NFL scouts, however, things seem a bit more uniform. Manuel starred at last week's Senior Bowl, and with NFL teams increasingly interested in versatile quarterbacks capable of running the read option, Manuel's pro prospects look brighter.

Coming: FSU has a deep reserve of QB talent in Clint Trickett, Jacob Coker and Jameis Winston. The question is which one of them can take over the job on a full-time basis. Trickett enters spring practice atop the depth chart, but Coker and Winston have too much talent to cede the job without a fight.

2. Right tackle

Going: Menelik Watson's time at Florida State amounted to only about eight months, but he made his presence felt. The junior college transfer anchored FSU's offensive line in 2012, and since announcing his intentions to enter the NFL draft -- something of a surprise to FSU coaches -- his profile has steadily increased. Several recent mock drafts have Watson as a first-round selection.

Coming: The obvious answer at right tackle would be Bobby Hart, who started eight games there as a freshman before being relegated to a reserve role last season. Hart's maturity, attitude and relationship with line coach Rick Trickett have all been called into question at times, however, making him anything but a safe bet to win the job. Further complicating matters, FSU lost one of its top recruits in Austin Golson, leaving just two commitments in what was supposed to be a big offensive line class.

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Leader solidified for FSU decommit Bellamy 

January, 29, 2013
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.

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Kipp Adams/ESPN.comDavin 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.”

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ESPN 300 Bellamy decommits from FSU 

January, 29, 2013
Florida State has lost its second commitment in as many nights.

Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) has become the next prospect no longer listed on the commitment list following Austin Golson's (Prattville, Ala./Prattville) decision on Monday.

"Yes, I did," confirmed Bellamy.

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Signing day primer: Florida State 

January, 23, 2013
Who is leaving: Florida State is losing three top-flight defensive ends to the NFL draft this season, led by draft-eligible junior Bjoern Werner. Senior Tank Carradine's stock would have been much higher if not for a late knee injury in the regular season finale against Florida. Brandon Jenkins, who was lost for most of the 2012 season because of a foot injury, will also be heading to the pros.

The offensive line only loses one player, junior Menelik Watson, but it is a big one. He's likely to go in the first couple of rounds and had a major impact for Florida State in just one season.

Xavier Rhodes is the lone corner departing, but it's also a big one. Aside from Rhodes, the secondary will return largely intact.

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Davin Bellamy likes Tennessee's family 

January, 20, 2013
Davin Bellamy's visit to Tennessee was all about family. That certainly helped the Volunteers.

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ESPN 300 DE meets new FSU staff 

January, 13, 2013
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.

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FSU's weekend official visit preview 

January, 11, 2013
Florida State will host a bunch of top visitors this weekend in what is likely their biggest and busiest of the year. Here is the breakdown of who is visiting and why it is important.

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Four-star FSU pledge eyes UGA 

January, 8, 2013
A familiar name in Georgia’s 2013 recruiting efforts has resurfaced, and the Bulldogs have a foot in the door with one of the top pass-rushers in the country.

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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.

Juco DE Hollin commits to Florida State 

December, 10, 2012
Desmond Hollin, a juco defensive end out of ASA College in New York, has committed to Florida State.

Hollin, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect originally from Miami's Southridge High School, was offered a scholarship by the Seminoles on Dec. 2. At the time, he said he was a going to wait to make his decision, but did admit Florida State was on top of his list.

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Davin Bellamy to take in first FSU game 

November, 21, 2012
As odd as it sounds, Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) will be taking in his first Florida State football game on Saturday.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end, one of the most familiar commitments in the Seminoles class, has been to Athens, Ga., on two occasions. This time, though, he will be able to get a small glimpse of his future when Florida State hosts Florida in a top-10 matchup.

"I've only been to two UGA games so this will be my third college game," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting those chills during the game where I say to myself, 'I can't wait to play here.' "

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Davin Bellamy has a 'fun trip' to Georgia 

November, 4, 2012

Florida State defensive end commit Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) knows he created a stir by visiting Georgia for the Bulldogs' contest with Ole Miss. The ESPN 300 senior said it was more a matter of having a good time than re-evaluating his recruitment.

“It was OK, nothing too spectacular,” Bellamy said. “It was just a fun trip. I talked to Coach [Rodney] Garner and Ben [Brandenburg] -- one of the recruiting guys. Every time I go to UGA, Coach Garner and me have a conversation with each other. I caught up with some of the commits that were there and that I had become friends with. I hung out with Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X) last night. So it was all good.”

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Every athlete grows up with that one love. Their dream sport that brings out more fulfillment than any other.

ESPN 300 defensive end Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) did, too. But it wasn't what most would expect.

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Kipp Adams/ESPN.comDavin Bellamy's first love was basketball.
A full-fledged FBS football prospect, Bellamy's passion was not with the pigskin. He was a basketball player, and a really good one, too. Football was just something to do, something to have fun with.

So while he was always one of the more talented players on the field every Friday night, Bellamy didn't see his own potential at first.

"It was always Option B to basketball," he said. "I didn't take the time to learn the game or focus on technique."

There were some other reasons for that, too. A previous coaching regime didn't see eye to eye with Bellamy and his teammates. The players shut off, went through the motions and played for themselves.

"There was just a disconnect from the coaches to the players. If the head isn't right, then the team won't be right. We had our words. You really don't play hard for a coach that you don't ... it was just a bad thing. I didn't go to summer workouts; the team was just so out of control."

Now, as a Florida State football commitment and everything out in front of him, Bellamy's route is clear. And it is showing. Week by week, Bellamy's stats grow larger. More tackles behind the line of scrimmage, more sacks and more forced turnovers.

He can tell the difference.

"I've always had a quick first step, but now since I am applying myself and running stadiums, it is even quicker," Bellamy said. "My upper body is stronger, too, so it is easier for me on the line of scrimmage. I definitely think taking this football thing seriously is the reason why my numbers were able to increase."

A new coaching staff has helped. They put in the work on and off the field to help their players, Bellamy included, to improve.

That work ethic has rubbed off and now Chamblee's players are going the extra mile. The result is a slower game, one that makes sense, allowing a player like Bellamy to use his superior athleticism to excel.

"This year, we have a coaching staff that have made this team like a family. I haven't missed a day of workouts, I'm in the film room asking questions. I can say that about the guys beside me, too. We take it more serious off the field."

During last week's win, Bellamy saw his labors come to fruition perhaps like never before.

Usually playing as an outside linebacker coming off the edge from a two-point stance, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect moved to the defensive line. It's a different game in there, forcing players to use everything at their disposal.

"I am forced to use my hands," Bellamy said. "Last Friday, it was my first time doing that and I still got two sacks and a bunch of tackles. I had to get out of my comfort zone. Playing inside, it really showed me that when I use technique, I can be much better."

Bellamy is far from a finished product and he'd be the first to admit that. So while he works on staying lower or breaking down to make a tackle after surging past the line of scrimmage, it'll just be a matter of time before it's second nature.

He'll put the time and the work in, because now, there is a purpose.

Commitment performance watch 

October, 8, 2012
Florida State's commitments are having big campaigns as the high school season is nearly halfway complete. Here are some prospects who had exceptional weekends.

Davin Bellamy: The former basketball star has really begun to find himself with each passing week. Without a ton of experience playing defensive line in high school, every game has been a learning experience. This past Friday, Bellamy was responsible for two quarterback sacks, six tackles, a pass break-up and a fumble return for a touchdown. Not a bad night's work.

Adrian Baker: ESPN 300 athlete Adrian Baker held his own against University School, a top team in the state of Florida, this week. He recorded four tackles and a catch on offense. He did allow a 10-yard reception from four-star receiver Jordan Cunningham, but there are many defensive backs that would be willing to admit that.

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