Home for the Holidays

With the holiday season just about over, USFNation caught up with two former USF commits Josh Bellamy and Kevin Williams, who were home for the holidays. Read on for updates on their recruiting, where the Bulls stand and what lies ahead in the coming weeks...

Many Bulls fans are familiar with Josh Bellamy, the former Boca Ciega stand-out and one time USF commit that failed to qualify academically and had to go the JUCO route at Butte college. Recently josh was home for the holidays and USFNation caught up with the playmaker and updated his recruitment.

This past season, Bellamy was part of an undefeated Butte team that went 12-0, with a 17-9 victory over Mt. San Antonio to win the California Community College Athletic Association state championship game, and was also the 2008 national champion.

"Things are going great, we went undefeated, won State, and are the number one team in the nation."

Bellamy had an outstanding season for the Roadrunners, and was named to the Region I All-California first team offense after recording 37 receptions for 705 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season. That followed a freshman season where he played receiver and quarterback, finishing with 34 receptions, eight touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 97 yards for TD.

With his sophomore season now behind him Bellamy can focus on his grades and recruiting, which has picked considerably with several visits on tap.

"Things are going good on the recruiting front, I already visited Idaho, and I have Washington state on Jan 23rd, Arizona on the 30th, and I'm talking with Louisville about setting up a visit, but I haven't set that up yet."

Bellamy says that several schools out west are talking to him but want to see what his grades look like this spring, and as said that he still talks with the Bulls, that the team he signed with in 2007.

"I still talk with Coach Canales at USF regularly. They want to bring me back, and want me to keep up on my grades."

With the recruiting process in full swing does Bellamy have a leader?

"I have a whole bunch of schools, but right now Idaho, Arizona, USF, Washington State, and Louisville are standing out to me, but I don't have a clear favorite."

Bellamy played running back in high school, but while at Butte played receiver, kick returner, and punt returner, but what position are schools recruiting him for at the next level?

"Most schools are talking to me about receiver, but USF is also talking to me about playing WR/KR/PR and at safety, but I don't know about that. I haven't played that position since high school."

Bellamy is on pace to graduate in May but still has some work to do in the classroom, and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

Kevin Williams is another former Bull commit who has been out on the west coast. The former Gibbs HS cornerback/ receiver was set to join USF in 2007, but didn't qualify and went to the City College of San Francisco and then transferred to Los Mendanos CC.

Williams (5-10, 173) had a big season for Los Mendanos, showing the quickness and speed (4.39) to be a top corner prospect as well a return man. Williams finished the 2008 season with 2 interceptions returned for scores, 14 tackles, 2 for a loss, 1 sack, and 7 pass break-ups on defense. On offense he had 11 catches for 194 yards and a TD, and 9 rushes for 64 yards and 2 scores. On special teams he had 30 returns for 817 yards, one scores and a 27.1 avg. He also had 3 punt returns for 27 yards as well.

This is on top of a freshmen season where he posted close to 40 tackles, 28 pass break-ups, 4 interceptions, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery. On special teams Williams's t averaged 40.3 yards on 34 kick returns, with 2 touchdowns, and also scored twice on punt returns. Not bad considering he was projected as a receiver in college.

After a stellar season like the one Williams had, many schools have jumped on the electric playmaker this go around.

"I have bunch of offers but have been talking the most with offers from Memphis, Hawaii, USF, Idaho, Akron, West Virginia, and Arizona State."

After all this time where do the Bulls stand with the former Gibbs standout?

"I kind of fell out a little with USF because they said if I came out in May instead of December, then they would want me to redshirt."

Williams at one time was a soft commit to Memphis, but after a November visit is now considered a soft commit to Hawaii.

"I'm real high on Hawaii, and I'm supposed to visit Akron," said Williams. "I'll know for sure in February when I sign."

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