“When Coach Sal [Sunseri] came over, I had questions on coming to FSU because he did not pull the trigger on an offer when he was at Tennessee so I did not think he wanted me,” Bellamy said. “But Coach [Dameyune] Craig said before he left that Sal told him that he fudged up my recruitment and that I really was a great player.”
Shortly after that, Bellamy found out his recruiter of record at both Georgia and FSU, respectively, had left to take a coaching position at Auburn. The effect on both programs’ chances with the four-star prospect could not have been more different.
“When Coach Craig left, it opened the door for Georgia again,” Bellamy said. “Finding out (Rodney) Garner left played a big factor in me reaching out to UGA. I love everything about Georgia except for how he recruited me. My relationship between the coaches at Georgia and FSU are now kind of even. The only relationship I built with coaches at FSU was with Coach Craig, Coach (D.J.) Eliot and somewhat with Jimbo (Fisher).”
Georgia was out of the running after an incident that occurred before Bellamy’s senior season, when he was still considering the Bulldogs, along with Vanderbilt and Florida State.
“From a recruiting standpoint, my relationship with Georgia was kind of tarnished when Garner invited me down to campus and then no one was there,” Bellamy said.“It made me feel unimportant and it was a waste of time and gas for my coach.”
Garner’s departure put the Bulldogs back on the radar from Bellamy, who admits his fondness for the defensive coordinator at Georgia remains very strong.
“Once Garner left, that kind of opened the door for them because me and my coaches love Coach (Todd) Grantham,” Bellamy said. “I could tell I was not a priority with Garner, but me and my coach love Grantham. Coach Grantham had a presentation on my visit during the summer that I have yet to see another college match. It showed me he took a lot of time to break down my film and see what I could do best in his scheme.
“I told my school to definitely try and get in touch with Georgia because my only problem with UGA has gone to Auburn, so that changes everything.”
The Bulldogs’ outside linebackers coach responded by letting Bellamy’s coach know that he is, in fact, wanted in Athens.
“Grantham told my coach really wants me as a pass-rusher after the spot opened up with Naim Mustafaa leaving,” Bellamy said. “So right now UGA is looking very intriguing.”
On Monday, Bellamy announced he had replaced Virginia Tech with Georgia for his Jan. 25 official visit. The trip to Athens could have a big impact on his recruitment.
“This official visit is going to be a very important factor on my decision,” Bellamy said. “I want to see how Georgia is looking at my position and how they plan to use me.”
Bellamy admits that while his status with Florida State has yet to change, he is giving serious consideration to Georgia.
“Georgia's chances are very high,” Bellamy said. “I am still committed, but it is fair game right now. I like everything about Georgia and I have always been a Georgia fan at heart and a Georgia boy.”
Bellamy said in addition to Georgia and Florida State, NC State and Tennessee are making a strong push for his commitment.