April 10, 2008

Spartans after tough Ohio DL

With scholarships for the class of 2009 relatively tight, Michigan State is being very selective about which players it decides to offer. One of the players the staff has already determined is a player they would like t see in the Green and White is Adam Bellamy of Aurora, Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive line prospect last night.

Bellamy has seen his stock take -off this spring as more and more teams have found out about his ability. Michigan State was one of the first teams to evaluate and subsequently offer Bellamy. How did the Spartans find out about him?

"The principal at my school is friends with Coach Dantonio," he said. "He sent my film up to Michigan State. They liked what they saw and contacted me. Coach Narduzzi is the coach that I speak with most often."

Bellamy was able to check out Michigan State a few weeks ago when he stopped into East Lansing to see the campus and watch a practice. How did that visit go?

"It went great," Bellamy said. "They treated me like I was really important. The whole coaching staff really made me feel welcome. I met the defensive line coach, Coach Narduzzi and talked with Coach Dantonio. I got to tour the campus and then watch practice. I was able to go right out on the field with the coaches and watch the drills."

Did the Spartan staff talk about what it is about you as a player that they like so much?

"Yes, hhey said they like how quickly I come off the ball. They like their defensive lineman to get into the backfield as quickly as possible and make plays. They said they like my lateral movement and my pursuit as well."

At a weight of currently just over 270-pounds Bellamy indicated that he believes his future will be as a defensive tackle at the next level. Though it is not out of the question that he could play some strong side-defensive end obvious run situations. Bellamy has the frame to add more quality size and end up in the 290-295 pound range.

As far as a favorite school, Bellamy indicated that he is still in the process of weighing his options, however the Spartans high-level of interest and improving program under Coach Dantonio is viewed as a positive. When could a decision be made?

"I think I will make my verbal before my senior year," he said. "I want to take some visits and go to a few camps this summer so I can make a solid choice."

The Spartans will be hoping to see Bellamy again this summer for a day of camp. The relationship a player develops with his position coach is always an important aspect of the recruiting and decision-making process.

Bellamy does have some family ties to the state of Michigan and Michigan State University. He informed us that his grandparents live outside of the Detroit area and his uncle graduated from Michigan State University.

Bellamy had an outstanding junior season for Aurora High School last fall. He was named All-League, All-District and Honorable Mention All-State. With himself and the majority of players returning from last year's team, Bellamy is expecting big things this fall from his team."

In addition to football, Bellamy also plays hockey and baseball. Right now he is playing 1st base and outfield for his high school team and trying to workout in order to get bigger, stronger and faster for the upcoming season.

"I recently maxed out on my bench press at 285-pounds," he said. "I have my squat at 455-pounds and my power-clean is also 285-pounds."

The Spartans will likely look to sign two defensive tackles for the class of 2008. With 3-year starter Justin Kershaw set to graduate after this year and the Spartans having to move a few players from the defensive line to the offensive line this spring, the opportunity is there for players that come in physically ready to compete.

SpartanMag.com will follow-up with Bellamy in the coming weeks. We will also be sure to keep an eye out for him at the NIKE Camp and Spartan Senior Elite Camps as well.

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