This is just what the Bulls needed to start the 2009 recruiting season – a highly sought after recruit to commit early and show other recruits that South Florida is a player on the big stage of college football.
Today, while attending USF Junior Day, Adaris Bellamy took a tour of the campus and saw enough that he told Coach Leavitt he was ready to commit to South Florida.
"I basically fell in love with USF." Said Bellamy, "I saw the facilities and met with the staff and I knew this is where I want to go."
The Dunedin high school standout chose the Bulls over early offers from Ole Miss and Clemson. As a junior he ran for over 1,900 yards and 20 touchdowns, to establish himself as one of the state's top running back prospects. Adarius was All-State first team utility back, first team All-County, 2nd Team All-Sun Coast.
"From my sophomore year, I made a lot of improvements in my game actually. I became more of a team player and a leader. I learned to not make extra moves down field, and that my shoulder can get me a lot more yards then running around. I learned a lot, and it helped my game."
For the last several months Coach Gregory has been in contact with Bellamy and offered him a few weeks ago. Bellamy said a main factor in his decision was that the coaching staff made him feel like a part of the family.
"Talking to Coach Gregory and Leavitt has been great. When I went to the practice and saw how the team got along, I started thinking about committing."
Bellamy said although he had a handful of offers, there were several teams interested.
"I have three offers but a lot of teams have been in contact with me. Notre Dame, South Carolina, LSU, Florida, there are a bunch of schools showing me interest."
Before the men's basketball game Bellamy told Coach Leavitt he was ready to commit.
"He was telling me I made a great decision, shook my hand, he was basically stoked about it."
It's been just over a month since the '08 signing day and the Bulls have received their first commitment, something that hasn't happen this early since the Bulls joined the Big East. If USF wants to be considered up there with the ranks of the Big 3, they need to recruit like them as well and this is a giant step in the right direction.
Bulls Get First Commit for '09!
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