Louisville moves up Bellamy's list

Charlie Strong helped Louisville's cause with Josh Bellamy this weekend. The former three-star wide receiver from Butte (CA) College made an official visit to Louisville and came away strongly considering playing for the Cardinals.

Charlie Strong helped Louisville's cause with Josh Bellamy this weekend. The former three-star wide receiver from Butte (CA) College made an official visit to Louisville and came away strongly considering playing for the Cardinals.

"I enjoyed my visit," Bellamy said. "I just got to chill with my cousin Preston [Pace] and talk with the coaches. Coach Strong asked Preston about me and I talked to Coach Strong and he brought me up for a visit. I've known Coach Strong when he was at Florida and they were recruiting me when they were at Florida. He wants me to come in there and play."

Bellamy could provide a big-play, down field threat for the Cardinals next season. In two seasons at Butte, the 6'1, 205-pound Bellamy had 80 catches for 1,307 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had several questions for UofL offensive coordinator Mike Sanford on his visit, primarily about who would be throwing the ball to him next season and what kind of offensive line would be blocking for that quarterback.

"I like the OC's offense that he's planning on doing," Bellamy said. "The quarterback situation they're trying to bring in some quarterbacks, one I was on my visit with Barry (Brunetti). The best quarterback is going to play so I'm really not worried about it. I asked [Sanford] what kind of an o-line he's going to have and he said they should have a good one."

Bellamy said he was impressed with Louisville's campus and facilities. "It was a cool town and it wasn't like what I'm used to at home, which is a good thing," said Bellamy. "I like it. I liked the stadium, campus and the whole visit. The facilities and locker were really nice too. I really liked it."

Bellamy was set to attend South Florida next season until Jim Leavitt's firing earlier this month. When the Bulls changed coaches and brought in Skip Holtz from ECU, Bellamy started looking around because Leavitt was the main reason he committed to the Bulls.

"I haven't met the new coaches yet, but I'll probably meet them when I go back," Bellamy said. "I was going to South Florida because of Coach Leavitt. I didn't have a connection with anybody else but Coach Leavitt. He recruited me since I've been in high school and gave me a second chance after I committed to Iowa State. But when he got fired it screwed up everything. Now I have to do what's best for me so I don't get stuck in a tough situation next fall."

Bellamy's visit to Louisville might have moved the Cardinals past USF on his list of favorites.

"I really like Louisville," said Bellamy. "I like South Florida but I was going to South Florida to play for Coach Leavitt. I don't have a favorite, but Louisville is real, real, real high on my list. They might be higher than South Florida."

With two weeks until signing day, Bellamy will get serious about a decision when he gets back home. Strong is expected to visit with Bellamy at his home before signing day and Bellamy will probably visit with USF's new coaches before making a decision.

"I'll talk to my mom when I get back home and Coach Strong is going to come down and talk with my mom," Bellamy said. "I'll sit down and talk with my mom and grandma, she likes Louisville, a lot. My mom was a big Coach Leavitt fan and that was the reason I was going there."


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