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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Bellamy on his decision, Grantham rumors

By Radi Nabulsi

Georgia picked up commitment No. 32 for the Class of 2013 just after 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, which put the finishing touch on one of the largest recruiting classes in coach Mark Richt’s tenure. And while it appeared that ESPN 300 defensive end Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) chose Georgia over Tennessee and Oregon on signing day, in actuality Bellamy had secretly been committed for a while.

“I made a commitment on my official visit,” Bellamy said. “I told [Todd] Grantham and Richt that, ‘If you promise me No. 17 and longevity, then I will be here.’ And by longevity I meant promise me that they were going to be here for a while. Ever since then, every time I had a phone call with Grantham, we end it with ‘17 and longevity.’ When I told him the night before signing day that it was official, he said he was jacked up and that I was their main target at the outside linebacker position.”

Faced with multiple reports that Grantham is set to interview today with the New Orleans Saints about their defensive coordinator position, Bellamy decided to take Grantham at his word.

“He called me when I was on my way to school this morning, and he assured me he wasn’t going anywhere, so it is what it is,” Bellamy said Wednesday night.

But just in case, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior takes a pragmatic approach to the possibility of Grantham being hired away.

“If they switch to a 4-3, then it will be the same situation as Tennessee,” Bellamy said. “You have to look at it from the bright side all the time. I am ready to get on campus and start working.”

Bellamy came close to picking the Volunteers after a visit to Knoxville, but in the end he decided to stay closer to home.

“Tennessee is a great program, and I think those coaches are on their way to doing something special,” Bellamy said. “What my decision came down to really was, would I rather go to a team to help them get back to where they used to be, or a team that is knocking on the door where I could be that x-factor that can get them over the hump and win a national championship? They were so close last year.

“Georgia is right up the road from my house. It has been my mom and I for 18 years, so I didn’t want to go too far away from her. I also like that with Grantham, a Georgia outside linebacker has led the SEC in sacks for the last three years.”

Playing for the in-state school apparently comes with a certain amount of attention. Wednesday night Bellamy attended an Atlanta Hawks game and spent a great deal of the game receiving congratulations from well-wishers. When he and his friends left, they were stopped by a more unusual fan.

“There were people coming from left and right—probably because I still had my suit on and my Georgia hat,” Bellamy said. “When we went outside, there was this homeless guy who said, ‘Ain’t you that guy I read about in the news? I thought you were going to choose Tennessee.’ ”