Maryland DB Eyes Lions

Derrick Williams' high school teammate has a "strong interest" in Penn State. But are the Nittany Lions interested in the talented defensive back?

Like many recruits around the country, Travon Bellamy is playing the waiting game.

Some college football programs have already put an offer on the table for the 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back prospect from Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt, Md. But there are some schools Bellamy is still waiting to hear from with news of an offer to play football.

Bellamy himself put it simply.

“I have a strong interest in Penn State,” he said.

But while Bellamy maintains a “strong” interest in Penn State, he does not have an offer. Not yet, at least.

Illinois, Oregon State and Kent State are among the schools that have offered Bellamy to date. In addition, UCLA, West Virginia, Purdue and Penn State are among those that have been in touch through the mail. Still, the Nittany Lions have yet to extend an offer to the three-star prospect. Bellamy said he was not sure if Penn State would give him an offer, but he is sure of one thing.

“I hope [Penn State offers], honestly, because I have a strong interest in them,” Bellamy said. “They have some of the best defensive backs in the country. They send me mail every day. So I hope they offer. I plan on taking all of my official visits. If [Penn State] offers, they'd be at the top of my list. Most likely I'd visit them. Right now I have no idea where I'm going to commit to.”

Specifically, Bellamy said that he receives mail from Penn State coaches Larry Johnson and Mike McQueary. A former teammate of current Penn State receiver and last year's No. 1 prospect in the county, Derrick Williams, Bellamy stays in touch with the freshman phenom when Williams comes back to visit Eleanor Roosevelt.

“We haven't talked on the phone, but every time he comes to visit, we talk a lot,” Bellamy said. “Basically [we talk] about football and how everything is going on.”

Bellamy and his teammates will get to see Williams and the rest of the Nittany Lions in action when they take a visit to Happy Valley for Penn State Oct. 1 matchup with Minnesota.

Bellamy projects as a defensive back in college, but where exactly in the secondary remains the question.

“Schools are recruiting me at both safety and cornerback,” Bellamy said. “They really haven't said they have a primary position for me. I believe they are going to play me at both.”

But does he have a preference?

“It really doesn't matter, I just want to step on the field as fast as possible,” Bellamy said. “Whenever I can get on the field earlier, I'll play both sides of the ball.”


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