Why FSU for Bellamy?

Davin Bellamy committed to Florida State on Saturday after leaning towards Vanderbilt not long ago. Find out why he picked the Seminoles here.

"I was really leaning hard towards Vanderbilt and I thought I was going there just a week or two ago, but after thinking about things, talking with my family, and hearing what Coach Dameyune Craig had to say, I knew Florida State was the place for me," Davin Bellamy told Scout.

Bellamy has been down to FSU and Vandy for some time and he took a visit to each school less than two weeks ago and that is when he started to feel FSU was the school for him.

"I wanted to give each school one more chance and I went into those visits thinking I was going to Vanderbilt, but Florida State had a great presentation for me and my family, they showed me what I needed to see, and my mom actually wanted me to commit when I was there.

"I knew they had everything I wanted after that visit and everything just seemed perfect to me. I was leaning towards them after that visit."

Vanderbilt had one more shot the next day and they impressed him too, but it wasn't enough to win him over in the end.

What Vanderbilt presented to Bellamy was a chance to play, possibly start very early in his career, and that is what he had to get over before choosing the Seminoles.

"Florida State brought in a great defensive end class (Mario Edwards and Chris Casher) last year, so I knew I would be going in there with a lot of talented guys.

"At Vanderbilt, they were telling me I could play early and I liked that. I was a little scared about going into FSU with the talent they have and the talent they are getting, but I go over that.

"Once I got over that fear and realized how the good talent there will help push me and make me better, I felt great about committing to FSU."

The 6-foot-5, 225 pound rush end credits his family for helping him get over that hurdle.

"My uncles really told me that for me to be the best that I have to compete against the best," he said. "Nothing against Vanderbilt, but I felt like if I went there I would not be competing with the best each day in practice, but at Florida State, I know I will be."

Dameyune Craig made that clear to Bellamy as well.

"Coach Craig really talked to me about the talent they have there, how them and Vanderbilt recruit different players, and how FSU can make me so much better if I choose them. He really helped me see things differently and how I can really challenge myself in Tallahassee."

Coach Craig was the coach Bellamy gave the news to first about his decision and the quarterback coach at FSU was not surprised.

"When I told him, he said he already knew," said a laughing Bellamy. "He was confident that they would get me and I feel very good about being a Seminole."

Bellamy feels very good about his commitment to FSU and he is 100-percent committing to the 'Noles, but he is still going to take some official visits to other schools. Arkansas, Michigan State, and North Carolina were schools he listed as possibilities.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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