With National Signing Day a mere seven days away, the Florida State Seminoles received a crushing blow yesterday with the decommitment of four star Defensive End Davin Bellamy. Bellamy, who verbally committed to the Seminoles last August, announced his decision to rescind the verbal agreement Tuesday night.
The decision, however, does not come off as shocking as it may seem. Throughout his recruitment, Bellamy built quite the rapport with QB Coach and recruiter Dameyune Craig. Earlier this month, Coach Craig left Tallahassee to become the Co-Offensive Coordinator at his alma mater Auburn, joining new head man Gus Malzahn. Since Craig made the switch, there have been rumblings of Bellamy’s change of heart and Bellamy himself was not afraid to be vocal about it.
As of last night, there are three schools said to be in the mix to land Bellamy’s services within the next week. The Oregon Ducks, Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers are said to be the top three in line to land the 6’5″ 235 lb. Defensive End. The latest word is that Bellamy has given serious consideration to joining the Oregon Ducks, possibly adding a little more depth to a defense that could easily be a few pieces away from helping the Ducks grab that coveted national title. Other experts believe, however, that Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs should be able to convince the young man to stay within his own state lines. Tennessee is considered the dark horse, although judging by Twitter reaction from the Vol faithful, no one has told them that yet.
This may not be as crushing of a blow to Florida State as some may think. Although Bellamy’s credentials certainly are impressive, some on campus were beginning to question the attitude of the young man. Having followed him on Twitter from his commitment up until last night, there were some questionable practices by him on the social media network.
Most of the Seminole faithful that I have spoken with personally were not too broken up about the decision last night. Character issues aside however, with the loss of Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern Werner off of the ends, could the Seminoles have used the help at the End position? When Jenkins went down last year with a Lisfranc injury, true freshman Mario Edwards Jr.progressed nicely as the season moved on. So, long term, the impact of this event will be hard to tell in Tallahassee.