Early interest heats up for Bellamy

A very talented wideout who plays in a run-oriented offense, but still managed to put up solid numbers is Butte WR Josh Bellamy (6-2, 197). He's already got plenty of schools eyeing him this spring and he hopes a good offseason will lead to more offers and more choices before he makes his college decision.

"We're really run-oriented so I had to just take advantage of the times when they threw my way," Bellamy told JCFootball.com recently. "I have no problem not getting the ball that much though, because we were winning and that's what's more important.

"As long as the team is successful, that's what is most important to me."

Even though he didn't put up huge numbers, he was solid out wide for the Roadrunners, pulling in 38 receptions for 563 yards and eight touchdowns while also averaging 33.7 yards per return on kickoffs including one for a 93 yard touchdown.

"I just did whatever I could to help my team out," Bellamy said. "When I get my hands on the ball I feel like I can be a threat to do something and take it the distance."

Bellamy prepped at Boca Ciega High School in Florida and signed with South Florida after a lengthy recruiting process.

"I had offers from a lot of schools, but South Florida was where I wanted to go," Bellamy said. "I didn't get the SAT score that I needed so I decided to play JC ball and Butte is where I decided to go.

"I'm glad I came out here, but it's been different getting used to things out here on the west coast. It's a lot different than Florida, that's for sure."

On the recruiting front, Bellamy already has one offer and several other schools taking a long look at him.

"South Florida offered me again so I have that one," Bellamy said. "Utah, Middle Tennessee, Oregon State, LSU and Texas A&M have all sent me stuff and are looking at me.

"Tennessee and Michigan were talking to me about a month ago, but I'm not sure what's going on with them."

Butte begins spring practice on Monday, so Bellamy hopes as D-1 coaches get a look at what he's done this offseason that he'll see more offers come in.

"My coaches think that I will get more interest as spring ball gets underway," Bellamy said. "I worked real hard on my quickness, my speed and my agility and just attacking the ball and catching it.

"I played running back in high school, so I'm still learning the position a little."

Bellamy said he's on pace to graduate in May of 2009 and that he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to track Bellamy's progress over the next few months and update news as it happens.

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