Davin Bellamy, a top defensive end recruit, committed to the Florida State Seminoles Saturday over the Vanderbilt Commodores. Bellamy stars for Atlanta's Chamblee Carter High. He also had strong interest from Auburn and Georgia. He is rated four stars by ESPN and Scout, and three stars by 247sports and Rivals.
I spoke with Bellamy for SB Nation. Here's an excerpt:
"My mom actually wanted me to commit during my second visit," he said. "She knew I wanted to go to Florida State."
Both schools had a lot to offer.
"Vanderbilt offered instant playing time, and I wouldn't get that at Florida State," Bellamy said.
Ultimately, Florida State offered more.
"I was talking with some of the guys in my family and they told me to look at the players to go to Vanderbilt and the players that go to FSU," Bellamy said. "The guys that go to Vanderbilt don't get FSU offers. I'm not trying to downgrade Vanderbilt, but that's just how it is. They told me that if I was good enough for a Florida State offer, I needed to go to FSU, and to trust myself and not shy away from competition. Florida State is just a special program."
Worries over playing time might have scared away some defensive ends from Florida State this year, as the 'Noles signed the No. 1 defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (also the No.1 player nationally) and No. 5 defensive end Chris Casher in the 2012 class. Defensive end Giorgio Newberry was also a top-ten defensive end recruit in the class of 2011. And defensive end Bjoern Werner, a potential All-American, isn't a lock to leave for the NFL, though it is very possible.
"I looked at it. I know they signed them. But they only have like four defensive ends coming back. Vanderbilt, with the other ends they're bringing in, has like eight," he said. "I think I could play early at either school."
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SKILL Ryan Green (RB)
SKILL Tony Stevens (WR)
SKILL Jesus Wilson (WR)
SKILL Isaiah Jones (WR)
SKILL Christian Morgan (TE)
OFFENSIVE LINE Austin Golson (Tackle)
OFFENSIVE LINE Ira Denson (Guard)
OFFENSIVE LINE Ryan Hoefeld (Center)
OFFENSIVE LINE Richy Klepal (Guard, maybe tackle)
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DEFENSIVE LINE Davin Bellamy (End)
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LINEBACKER Ro'Derrick Hoskins
LINEBACKER Tyrell Lyons
LINEBACKER E.J. Levenberry
LINEBACKER Freddie Stevenson
DEFENSIVE BACK Marquez White (Cornerback)
DEFENSIVE BACK Michael Johnson (CB/S)
DEFENSIVE BACK Adrian Baker (Cornerback)
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