"Either way he went, I was okay with," Bridget Bellamy said of her son's verbal commitment. "But I'm glad that he chose Florida State."
2013 DE Davin Bellamy became the newest member of the impressive recruiting class this week after narrowing down his options to just Vanderbilt and FSU. After announcing that he would "take his talents to Tallahassee," Bellamy's mother shared his confidence in the decision.
"I left it up to him," she admitted. "I did go to visit Florida State and was very impressed with the coaches...and the academics. I was just really impressed overall with the athletic department at FSU."
After finding a mentor in his Chamblee High School (GA) football coach, Bellamy was looking for a comparable replacement at the head of a college program. "Coach Dameyune Craig really impressed me," said Bridget Bellamy. "I feel like Davin is going to need, as a freshman, someone like his coach [at Chamblee]."
While Bellamy has spent most of his childhood and teenage years on the gridiron, the attention garnered by a four-star recruit was unexpected. "For me, [the recruiting process] is new," said his mother. "He's always played football since he was 8 years old and I've always been his biggest supporter, but just sitting in the stands.
"This year, since he's really focused on football and excelled athletically, I've really been getting into what this process is all about," she explained. "It's...a lot. It's overwhelming. A lot of times when I have questions, I refer to the coaches. Davin also knows a lot so I ask him a lot.
"It's been overwhelming, but it's been a blessing."
Throughout an overwhelming process, Bridget Bellamy maintained her neutrality - even when the options were fewer. "I went on the visits once he narrowed it down to three schools: UGA, Vanderbilt and Florida State," she said. "I was very impressed with all three schools. I did have my input, but Davin was definitely the one that made the final decision.
"I'm glad that he chose Florida State."