USFNation Class of '07 Q&A: Josh Bellamy

Running back Josh Bellamy was pursued heavily by the Florida Gators, but the Bulls landed the Boca Ciega MVP that has been compared to Steve Slaton. In todays exclusive USF Class of '07 interview, read all about the All-State running back to find out what type of a player he is, and what he wants to accomplish at USF. Only on! Get it First, Get it Fast!

Josh Bellamy Profile Are you glad that  all the Signing Day hype is finally over?
Josh Bellamy: Yeah I'm happy, now the phones not ringing anymore.

USFN: Why did you choose USF?
Bellamy: Really the main reason was coach Leavitt, and my position coach, coach Franks. I felt that I can learn a lot from him. That, and I want to win a National championship at South Florida.

USFN: What are some of the things that you like about USF?
Bellamy: I loved the weight room, and the practice field, they're first class. That and the chance to play in Raymond James Stadium.

USFN: Have you been following the Bulls this season?
Bellamy: Yeah, I went to a couple of games, and watched them a lot on TV. 

USFN: How long have the Bulls been recruiting you, and who were involved?
Bellamy: They been recruiting me for awhile, coach Frey mainly recruited me, but he went to West Virginia. Also Coach Leavitt and Coach Franks. 

USFN: Which coach made the biggest impression on you during your recruitment?
Bellamy: The ones who made the biggest impression were coach Franks, and Coach Leavitt. With Coach Franks, It doesn't get much better,  he coached Fred Taylor, and Leavitt, I never met a coach like that.

USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Bellamy: I know Brad Chauncy he went to my school, and I met a couple of the players when I went on my visit. I also met a lot of the guys that committed also. We had a lot of fun, Quenton Washington, Tyson Butler, Tyson, he's goofy, and Cha-cha Sinclair. I want to get to know Mike Ford when I get there. 

USFN: What position are the Bulls recruiting you for, and do you play any other positions?
Bellamy: They're recruiting me for running back. I played receiver and safety. I only played like three games at defense, but I had like 32 tackles, and two interceptions, I also picked up a fumble and scored a touchdown.

USFN: Are you flexible, and willing to play at a position of need and excel at it?
Bellamy: Yeah, I'll play wherever they need me. 

USFN: What type of a offense do you like to run the most?
Bellamy: All my life I been running out of the I-formation, so  I like that, but it doesn't matter I can run out of any formation.

USFN: What type of defense do you like to see when you get to the line?
Bellamy: Yeah I like running against the 4-3. Most the time they only have one free linebacker and I'm one on one with them. all I got to do is make a move and bust out of there. 

USFN: What is your favorite play to  run?
Bellamy:  I like to run counter plays and sweeps. Let me use my speed. That and running routes When I  get isolated one on one with a linebacker, I love that. At the USF camp coach Franks was watching me go against some linebackers. I don't think a linebacker can guard me. There some out there with speed, but in high school when I do a fly route, not many can. 

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
Bellamy: My agility and my speed. I' can also catch real good, I run routes like a receiver..

USFN: What is your favorite  thing to do on the field?
Bellamy: I like to do everything, run catch, score

USFN: Is there anything you want to work on? 
Bellamy: I'm always working on something, I work out every day really. I run track to work on my speed. I also work with my trainer, I work out with him. We do receiver drills, and agility drills, defensive back drills, I do something everyday.

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Bellamy: It depends, when I'm in my running back mode I like to be like Reggie Bush, when I'm at receiver, I like to be like Teddy Ginn. 

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Bellamy: I'm 6'0-'6'1, and I weigh 185 pounds. When I went to the Florida camp this summer I was clocked at a 4.41, and this past Saturday, they  clocked at 4.43

USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Bellamy: I run Track, I actually got a meet this Saturday at Jefferson. I run the 100, 200, and the 4x100 relay.

USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape before you get to Campus?
Bellamy: I work out Ricky Williams, he used to play for my school, and also played for the Arena league

USFN: Do they have any problems redshirting? 
Bellamy: No, That could work out best for some people.  My brother redshirted, and he picked up a lot of weight, and came on strong. I can see myself doing the same thing. 

USFN: Do you enjoy playing special teams, and do you return kicks? 
Bellamy: Yeah I do kick returns and punt returns. I play everything, I was MVP of the year at our banquett, so I didn't play  a lot of kick off coverage because I'd get tired. 

USFN: What do they plan to accomplish while here at USF?
Bellamy: What everybody does, I want to win the Heisman. That's going to take a lot of hard work, I want to get over there and play. I want to win, I wan to win a Bowl game, win the title, win that big bowl.I wan to be number one.  

USFN: What three things come to your head when I say USF?
Bellamy: Academics, football, that's all I can think of right now.

USFN: What team are they most looking forward to playing against in the next 4 years?
Bellamy:  Florida because they recruiting me too and offered me a scholarship, and I turned them down to come to South Florida. West Virginia, some guys I know from around here went there. I want to play Rutgers, and Louisville too.  There's a lot of teams I want to play. I like to play Florida State too.

USFN: How are your grades, how are you toward qualifying.
Bellamy:  I'm doing  good, i'm taking night classes right now. coach Franks is staying on me like crazy, makes sure i take every test that comes out. I got  GPA of 2.5-2.6 and I'm waiting for my test score to come back. I think I did pretty good, but those test are tricky. got a 16 the last time I took the test. Im right there

USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
Bellamy:  Yeah I can't wait, I just got to stay on my grades.  

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