Bellamy Impressive at FNL

One of the top players from the class of 2011 will likely be 5-10 and 175-pound running back Mike Bellamy from Punta Gorda (FL) Charlotte. Bellamy made the trip to Gainesville with his mother and little brother following current Gator commitment quarterback Trey Burton and his family.

"I have been up for a few games before so it wasn't my first time in The Swamp," Mike Bellamy said. "I was at the Kentucky game last year and for this year's spring game. I loved it. It was real cool. I just like it a lot. I am a real big Florida fan. I always wanted to be in The Swamp under the lights like that and meeting Urban Meyer."

Bellamy enjoyed learning from possibly his future position coach, Kenny Carter.

"There was a lot going on," he said. "I had to really focus on what he was teaching me like proper way to carry the ball, stance and how to check the linebacker off."

Bellamy is now waiting to see what the Gator coaches say about his performance, and more importantly, if they will offer.

"Like I told Coach Meyer, it's a great school. I am just waiting for my offer. All I can do is wait and see what they tell me. I have been talking to Trey a lot and I like Florida a bunch. They are one of my favorite schools along with Georgia, but Florida just got a running back so I need to see how things go moving forward."

Bellamy is very familiar with current Gator running back Jeff Demps.

"I talked to Jeff Demps today (Sunday) about playing running back at Florida. He is like my big brother. If I pick a school just for the school then it will be Florida. I have always liked them and I like the way they run the ball from the spread offense because it gives the running back the chance to open it up. Like I said, I want to start, though, and if I need to go to South Florida or some other place where I can do that then that's what I will do."

My Take:
There is no question that Mike Bellamy will be one of the top prospects from the class of 2011. He also ran a 4.36 and is cat-like quick with the ball in his hands. He has expectations to walk into a program and start, which will be a tall task regardless of where he ends up. Right now, I think that Florida followed by Georgia are the front runners for his services. At the end of the day, I believe he wants to play for a major college football program like a Florida or Georgia and understands that he will get an opportunity once on campus. If he doesn't realize that there will be a pecking order regardless of where he goes then he could very well end up at a place like South Florida that might be able to offer earlier playing time. One thing in Florida's favor is that his uncle lives in Gainesville, and Bellamy has stated he has a great relationship with Demps. If anyone of all people can convince him he will have a shot year one it would be Jeff Demps.

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