Many Bulls fans are familiar with Josh Bellamy, the former Boca Ciega stand-out that committed to USF in 2007, but failed to qualify academically and went the JUCO route at Butte College in Cali. Bellamy signed with Iowa State this past February, but after not completing his AA this summer, decided that instead of joining the Cyclones in January he wanted to be A Bull.
"I've been thinking about it for some time, and I just made up my mind to come back," said Bellamy. ‘It's closer to home, and it's USF, it's a better program and everything."
Bellamy said he talked to Coach Leavitt before he came home this summer and again when he visited a scrimmage a few weeks back. "We talked and he said he'd give me another chance," said Bellamy. "When I was with the guys at the scrimmage it made me feel like I was at home!
Bellamy has a son who lives here and only getting home a few times a year played a big part in his decision, that and all the connections he has to USF made it easy.
"I know a bunch of the guys there, Theo (Wilson), Jerrell (Young), Kevin (Williams) will be there, I know Quenton (Washington) from my visit, and JuJu (Julius Forte), that's my homeboy. They're all my boys."
Over the last two years Bellamy was part of an undefeated Butte team that went 12-0, in route to win the California Community College Athletic Association state championship game, and the 2008 national championship. Bellamy had an outstanding season, being named to the Region I All-California first team offense after recording 38 receptions for 705 yards (14.80) and eight touchdowns. That followed a freshman season where he played receiver and quarterback, finishing with 34 receptions, for 563 yards (17.7), nine touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 97 yards for TD. He left Butte holding the all-time receiving touchdown record with 17 TD's.
"Coach Leavitt said I can play wherever I want, but with my situation, I'll play wherever he puts me," said Bellamy. "If he doesn't mind, I'll play receiver, but it doesn't matter, I'll play receiver/safety/special teams, whatever. I'm going to find a way to get on the field regardless."
After committing once, going to JUCO, and then signing with Iowa State, Bellamy said there are stipulations with the Bulls taking his commitment. ‘Leavitt told me he doesn't want to hear nothing in the media about me taking visits to other schools or anything like that," said Bellamy. "I told him not to worry; South Florida is the school for me!"
Bellamy said he won't be taking any official visits and most likely not one to USF either."There's no need, I've been there before and live right over the bridge. I'll be going over there a lot anyways."
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Bellamy is living in St. Petersburg and is taking an anthropology course he needs to complete his AA. He said he signed up for the class this summer but had trouble getting a text book in time, and had to drop the class, giving him the opportunity to change his mind and stay home, and he's glad he made the choice.
"How do I feel? I feel good!" said Bellamy. "Now I'm just going to make the best of it."
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