East Coast Safety Likes UCLA

Greenbelt (Mary.) Rooosevelt safety prospect Travon Bellamy is hearing from schools across the country, including as far away as UCLA. He talks about coming to Westwood to play his college ball...

Playing alongside one of the premier players in the country a year ago was a benefit for Greenbelt (Mary.) Roosevelt defensive back Travon Bellamy (6-0, 185).

As a teammate of Derrick Williams, Bellamy was able to get exposure to several of the nation's top programs. One of those schools was UCLA, a place Bellamy has strong interest in.

"I'd love to go out there and play. It's always a good school and they have had good players go and play in the NFL," said Bellamy. "I'm hearing from a lot of the Big Ten and ACC schools, but to have UCLA recruit me shows I'm getting recognized around the country. It would be a great opportunity to play out there. They are probably one of my top two schools."

Bellamy has only one offer so far, from Kent State, but is hearing from the Bruins, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Michigan, Miami, Boston College, Syracuse, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina and Duke as well as Penn State, where Williams signed.

"I'm open to everyone right now. I can adapt to any environment," said Bellamy. "Some schools want me as a safety but others said they see me as a corner. I prefer free safety."

Bellamy will attend the Scout Combine in New Jersey this week while also going to another area combine. He was at the Nike Camp at Penn State this past weekend.

"I did really well. I shut down guys in the 1-on-1s. Some scouts said I was really smooth in the drills, I had quick feet and quick hands and they liked me. I think I'll get some offers now."

During his junior year, with much of the attention heaped on Williams, Bellamy quietly amassed 77 tackles, 7 interceptions (3 which he returned for touchdowns), a kick return for a touchdown and five pass breakups, all in six games. He said, "I only played half the year. I had a freak accident during warm-ups of a game. One of my teammates from behind fell into me and I sprained my knee. But I'm fine now."

With Williams having gone through the process, Bellamy recognizes the help he could be and said he won't make a quick decision, planning to take his five official visits.

Bellamy has a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT on Saturday.

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