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Georgia Looks to Secure Jarvis Jones Replacement in Davin Bellamy

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Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga., Chamblee) could be staying in his home state after deciding to decommit from Florida State and the defensive end/outside linebacker could be intrigued by filling the shoes of Jarvis Jones at Georgia.

The 6-4 235-pound edge rusher could be an ideal fit in the Bulldog’s 3-4 defense that defensive Todd Grantham runs in Athens and with Jones leaving for the NFL draft, an opening at outside linebacker is his to win. The opportunity to follow in the nation’s sack leader could be a tall task, but one that should also be relished, and Jones’ production is sure to be a nice recruiting chip working in Georgia’s benefit.

Bellamy visited Georgia last weekend and said they are the leader at this point but he wants to continue to build the trust between him and Grantham who has been rumored to leave for a defensive coordinator position in the NFL. The rumors surrounding Grantham could also cost the Bulldogs from getting top defensive tackle Montravious Adams (Vienna, Ga. Dooly County).

Top competition for Bellamy could come from Tennessee who visited the home of Bellamy earlier this week and where he took an official visit the week before he took his trip to Georgia, but a late push from Oregon could turn this into a three-team race leading up until National Signing Day.

At Oregon he could fill the role that Dion Jordan played so well on the edge of the defense and is a likely first round pick, and if he is looking to get far away from home, then you can’t get much farther away from Georgia than Eugene, Or.

However, I think this is a two-team race with Georgia having a big fourth quarter lead. Tennessee can give Bellamy early playing time and the opportunity to be a part of the changing of the culture in Knoxville, while Georgia gives him the best opportunity to win a BCS National Title.

It is not a certainty that he will commit to any school on national signing day Feb. 6, but when he does decide on a place to call home for the next four years, my prediction is he winds up a Georgia Bulldog.

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