"It was my first time to Auburn," Bellamy said. "It's everything I thought it would be. For what I'm trying to do with my career and taking it to the next level, I think it is the school that would maximize my talents.
"It's definitely a football town. They love their football players down here. When A.J. committed last weekend, he let people know on Twitter I was going to be here and they showed me a lot of love. The coaching staff seems like a close knit family where it's just not a job to them. It's just something they were born to do. This program is unbelievable."
Already with over two dozen offers from schools including Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, Bellamy has plenty of early options as far as recruiting goes. With Auburn showing more and more interest in him he said the Tigers are quickly moving up his list.
"Auburn being the first school I have visited, I would put Auburn in the top five," Bellamy said. "There are more SEC schools in there because if you're trying to play in the NFL then it's the SEC. I'm going to visit the Gators and Arkansas and Vanderbilt too. I love Vanderbilt. Being in the SEC definitely helps. I'm going to check those schools out. I would say three out of my top five schools would be in the SEC."
One of the biggest things Auburn has going for it Jackson's commitment. The two met while playing against each other in AAU basketball and soon became teammates and best friends. Now leaning on each other in recruiting, Bellamy said he was surprised when A.J. committed last weekend but now that he's seen Auburn he definitely understands why.
"We have been friends for about five years," Bellamy said. "We played AAU basketball and the first time I met him he played for the opposing team. There was a little bit of trash talking and I think in that game we almost got in a fight. He played for my AAU team after that and during the summertime you're on the road with the guys all summer. You're sleeping in the same bed with them. They are your family during the summertime. We just really formed a good relationship, both of us coming from a single-mother household. We just kind of bonded with each other. We're like brothers.
Bellamy and Jackson
"He called me at 9:30 in the morning and I didn't pick up," Bellamy added of Jackson's decision day. "He left me a message that said I think I'm going to commit. He wanted to know if I wanted him to wait. I told him he had to do what best fit him and he said he was going to wait. He texted me 30 minutes later and he said he had to do it because it was a great fit for him. I can definitely understand where he's coming from. There's a vibe you get when you get there. It's a football town and the people are really passionate."
Planning to visit Florida and Arkansas in the coming weeks after getting a recent offer from the Gators, Bellamy said at the moment he's not planning on making an early decision. With his recruiting blowing up on a day-by-day basis, he said that taking his time and learning as much as he can is the way to go.
"I definitely plan on making a decision midseason next year," Bellamy said. "I want to take some officials because once you tell a school you're coming down for a day they can set that day up to make it be a dream day. Until you get there for two days and can really see how it is on a daily basis, that will definitely help me make my decision."
Playing both ways as a junior he had 60 tackles with 10 coming for a loss. He also added five sacks.