When Chamblee defensive end Davin Bellamy[db]'s junior season ended he didn't have a single offer, but as his final high school spring practice draws to a close, he now has 21 offers from programs in almost every major conference.
On Saturday, Bellamy saw his recruitment come full circle as his 21st offer came from a school that started recruiting him before any other program.
"Actually Georgia was the first school to start recruiting me before any of my offers," said Bellamy. "They came to one of my games, and were on the sideline to watch me play before anyone offered. I went down there a couple of times and is a nice school and a nice place. It really hits me that they were the first school to show interest. Then they offered me this morning and my coach wanted call them to make sure it was ok for us to put it out there, and they gave me the good news."
After showing interest in the star defender early in the process, it wasn't a given that the Bulldogs would offer Bellamy.
It wasn't until Georgia coaches visited his spring practice recently that the Chamblee standout felt the UGA offer would be coming soon.
"They visited me last week for our spring practice to evaluate me," said Bellamy. "The defensive coordinator, Coach (Todd) Grantham came by, and I just felt then that they were close to offering."
Bellamy is being recruited by Georgia defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator [db]Rodney Garner, and according to the three star prospect, Garner has already set himself a part from the other recruiters coming after him.
"Coach Garner is different than every other coach that is recruiting me," said Bellamy. "When I was mainly just playing basketball, he saw me and told my coach that he thought I could be a good player but I needed to get stronger. He didn't hold back or anything and told me exactly what he thought of me as a player and since he said that, I have gone from bench pressing 185 pounds to 255 pounds in just a few months. What he said meant that much to me and made me work that much harder."
With offers from schools in the Big 10, ACC, and SEC, one would think that Bellamy is used to the attention by now, but the offer from Georgia did strike a different cord for the Peach state defender.
"Georgia is a top tier school for me," he said. "It is great to get an offer from a good school and a good program like that. It is really good news. Georgia is far enough away from home for me, but also close enough to be around family and all. It is a big offer."
At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Bellamy has the frame to do a variety of things to help a team at the next level, but UGA has made it clear to him how they plan to use him if he decides to become a Bulldog.
"They like me at that outside linebacker and stand up defensive end position," said Bellamy. "They like how athletic I am and told me they want me to rush the passer."
In 2011, Bellamy spent time at linebacker and defense end for the Chamblee Bulldogs, and with a new defensive staff in place, he already knows his role in 2012.
"We just changed to a 3-5 defense with our new staff so my permanent position will be as a stand up linebacker on the outside," said Bellamy. "My coaches have already prepared me for the fact that it will be a boring year for me with teams running away from me. I saw some of that in our spring game. I had to run a lot of plays down from behind, but I'll help my team the best way I can and even on offense some."
Bellamy's recruitment has showed no signs of slowing down thus far, and he isn't in any rush to bring it to a close at this point either.
The Peach State pass rusher has an idea of how he would like to handle it all going forward.
"I really want to take my official visits and see what is out there," he said. "I'm going to take them and since I can't take them until my senior year, it will probably be toward the end of my season before I make a decision."
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