BRIGHTON, Mich.—Perhaps the most talented prospect in attendance at Sunday’s 2013 HYPE Showcase was 2015 Oak Park (Mich.) defensive lineman Shahid Bellamy.
Standing 6-foot-3, 265-pounds with a lightning quick first step off the line, Bellamy looked sound Sunday at the newly opened Legacy Center in Brighton.
Playing on both sides of the ball as a junior, Bellamy saw a major spike in production defensively totaling 10 sacks and 78 tackles this fall.
“I added 10 pounds in the off-season so that’s what kind of stepped me up a little bit,” Bellamy said. “I got stronger and was in the weight room everyday.”
Working out and participating in 1-on-1’s strictly as a defensive lineman Sunday, Bellamy, who is hearing from Michigan State, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Western Michigan and Central Michigan among others, says his position at the next level remains up in the air.
“They don’t know what position they want to play me right now,” Bellamy said. “I’m trying to play inside on the interior so I got to get bigger.”
Still with no official scholarship offers on the table Bellamy continues to keep in close contact with several schools, noting Michigan State, Ohio State and Nebraska as three schools showing the most consistency early.
Having visited the Wolverines twice earlier this fall, Bellamy now plans to head to see the Spartans as they prep for the Rose Bowl following their Big Ten championship win over the Buckeyes.
“I like their defense,” Bellamy said of Michigan State. “They’ve got a great defense. I love their defense. Their defensive line coach is really good.”
Bellamy plans to setup visits to Ohio State and Nebraska in the near future as well, admitting the idea of he and his 2015 teammate, running back John Kelly, attending college together is intriguing, especially if they remain in the Midwest.
“We talking about it,” Bellamy said. “We’re trying to stay close.”
Asked if any schools have quickly begun to jump to the forefront of his recruitment, Bellamy didn’t hesitate to name four.
“Michigan State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ohio State,” he said.