Tigers land 5-star stud

Is Clemson the new "Running Back U?" It might as well be after the staff landed the verbal commitment of a major running back target Sunday.

RB Mike Bellamy Profile

Five-star running back Mike Bellamy has committed to Clemson.

He pulled the trigger on Sunday afternoon around 1 o'clock while sitting in the office of coach Dabo Swinney.

"He was just very happy about the situation," Bellamy said of Swinney's reaction in a lengthy interview after his visit concluded.

He chose the Tigers over offers from everywhere, including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Tennessee and Southern California.

Bellamy ran for 2,156 yards (9.97 per carry) with 31 touchdowns while leading his team to their second consecutive Regional Final(4A) last season.

Bellamy is also ranked as the No. 5 running back in the country according to Scout.com and continues the recent tradition of Clemson mining the Sunshine state with success.

In 2006, Clemson signed C.J. Spiller away from Florida and Florida State while just two years later the Tigers did the same thing with Jamie Harper.

Both prospects, like Bellamy, were rated five stars by Scout.com.

Interestingly enough, Spiller has been a positive influence for Bellamy over the years.

"He's always been a good inspiration for me. He's a great back," Bellamy said.

In a previous interview with CUTigers, he indicated that Spiller's role at Clemson helped foster his interest.

During Bellamy's visit to Clemson over the weekend, the relationships he built with current Tigers that helped to seal the deal.

"The guy they have now here, (Jamie) Harper. I'm going to get to play with him. I went up there and spent time with him this weekend too," Bellamy said. "Those guys seemed like they were loving it. Those were some great guys to be around."

It was more than his future teammates, though.

"It's just a great place, a terrific place, just something that I loved," Bellamy said. "Everyone in the town is great. Everyone showed me a lot of love. The players were great, the coaches were great and the coaches' wives were great.

"Everyone was just so open to me."

Bellamy is being recruited to Clemson by assistant coach Brad Scott.

The Punta Gorda, Fla. native is also the second running back from Florida to commit to Clemson in the 2011 recruiting class. The Tigers also have four-star running back Marlin Lane, the No. 9 running back in the country, in the mix as well.

There have been no other plans set for visits this summer.

"We just have 7-on-7's and I'm pretty much just planning on getting stronger," Bellamy said.

And even though dates for a return trip to Tigertown have not been set, but he does look forward to getting back up to Clemson.

"I plan on coming up a couple of more times. I don't exactly know the dates, but I should be coming up pretty soon," Bellamy said.

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