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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
ESPN 300 DE Bellamy joins Dogs

By David Ching and Kipp Adams

ATHENS, Ga. -- Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) became the 14th ESPN 300 member to join Georgia’s 2013 recruiting class Wednesday, following through on recent interest in the Bulldogs after checking out Tennessee and Oregon.

The former Florida State commitment was defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s top target at outside linebacker, particularly after Naim Mustafaa switched his commitment to Oklahoma State after the season. The 6-foot-5 Bellamy is ESPN’s No. 299 overall prospect and No. 25 defensive end.

Georgia believes the athletic Bellamy can eventually fill a similar role to that of former Bulldogs All-America outside linebacker Jarvis Jones as his career progresses.

What is the impact of Bellamy's decision?

What it means for Georgia: The Bulldogs get their top OLB target, as Bellamy joins Leonard Floyd to give UGA two athletic pass-rushers with upside. With Bellamy and DeVondre Seymour, Georgia adds two ESPN 300 talents on signing day.

What it means for the teams that lost out: Tennessee was looking to Bellamy and Carl Lawson to upgrade its pass rush, but rebounded nicely with four-star prospect Jaylin Miller. Oregon was never considered a contender for Bellamy.

Turning point: When Rodney Garner left for Auburn, Bellamy gave Georgia another chance after a scheduling mishap caused him to arrive in Athens with no coaches in town to greet him. Grantham keyed in on him as his No. 1 target at outside linebacker, and Bellamy ate it up.

Surprise (scale of 1-5): 2. Once Grantham targets an OLB, he rarely gets beaten. Bellamy feels he can thrive at Georgia, and the chance to play close to home was too much to pass up.

Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 3. Georgia has some depth at outside linebacker, but Bellamy should have time for grooming under Josh Dawson and Jordan Jenkins and be ready to contribute in 2014.