Aurora's Adam Bellamy was one of the more impressive prospects at the National High School All Star Combine in Cleveland. Bellamy, 6-foot-4 and 275-pounds, ran a 5.0 forty-yard dash and showed well in every other event. He has five scholarship offers, and is now starting to hear from Ohio State.
"Recruiting is going real well right now," Bellamy said. "I'm just getting a feel for the process. Right now I have offers from Akron, Indiana, Miami of Ohio and Cincinnati. Just yesterday I was offered by Michigan State. My principal is good friend with Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio."
It seems that recruiting is starting to heat up for this impressive athlete and Bellamy is starting to hear from a lot of other schools, including the Ohio State Buckeyes.
"In the past week I have heard from a lot of other schools," Bellamy said. "I was pretty excited when I received an invitation from Ohio State to attend Junior Day next Sunday. I'm looking forward to meeting the coaches and touring the Woody Hayes Facility. It's great to hear from Ohio State because I haven't been contacted by them at all before this. It's pretty awesome to hear from Ohio State. I'm an Ohio kid and playing for the Buckeyes would be a dream come true."
Bellamy is also an athlete that takes the academic side of school very seriously.
"I'm scheduled to take the ACT in the next month," he reported. "I'm carrying a 3.4 GPA and I take some advanced classes. My parents have always stressed being better in the classroom than I am on the sports fields. I also play hockey and baseball, but football is my main sport."
Bellamy excels on both sides of the football, but it appears his future lies as a defensive tackle.
"Most schools are looking at me as a defensive tackle," Bellamy stated. "Some schools have said I could play guard on offense. I don't have the height they want to play offensive tackle. I'm fine with that, because I love playing defense."
Bellamy is a player that realizes how fortunate he is to have five offers on March 1st.
"Michigan State, Indiana and Cincinnati are at the top of my list, simply because of the conferences they play in," Bellamy admitted. "Nothing against the two MAC schools, because they're great programs, but I want to play against the best in college. I'm headed to Cincinnati right now for a Junior Day. I'm looking forward to catching a basketball game and seeing their campus. I haven't really been to a lot of schools, so I need to get out and take some unofficial visits this spring and summer. I might go to a lot of one-day camps too. It's tough to set up visits with playing hockey and baseball. I'm pretty satisfied with my offer list, but I'm hoping for an Ohio State offer. That would be great to get an offer from the Buckeyes. I plan on going to the Ohio State camp next summer."
Bellamy appears to be a player that is just starting to scratch the surface of what he can become athletically.
"Last year I weighed 250-pounds and I ran a 4.8 forty at an Akron camp," Bellamy stated. "Right now, I'm up to 275-pounds and I ran a 5.0 in Cleveland. I'm pretty disappointed in that time. I know I can run consistently under 5.0. I don't think I was in perfect shape at that combine. I don't feel the extra weight has slowed me down at all. Most coaches tell me I look thin at 275-pounds. My strength is my quickness and that's something I need to work on even more. I feel I can add more weight and still stay quick off the line."
Now that Ohio State is taking notice of this talented big man, it shouldn't be too much longer before his scholarship offer list grows in number. Bellamy is an in-state player with the talent to play at a high level. He is a player we will track very closely over the coming months.