May 23, 2008

Bellamy solidly on Spartan radar

One of the players that the Michigan State Spartans are very high on for the class of 2009 is Adam Bellamy of Aurora High School in Ohio. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive line prospect was one of the first players Coach Dantonio and his staff offered this spring. SpartanMag.com caught up with Bellamy last night and has the latest.

"I haven't been focusing on recruiting as much this spring due to playing baseball," Bellamy said. "I have been able to bump into a few coaches though and I am now up to 10 scholarship offers total."

The teams that have extended Bellamy a scholarship include, Michigan State, Boston College, Indiana, Northwestern, Kansas, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Miami of Ohio, Akron and Ohio University. Other schools such as Ohio State, Notre Dame, Pitt and West Virginia are apparently still in the evaluation stage of Bellamy.

Bellamy took a trip to Michigan State earlier this spring, which SpartanMag.com reported on in our previous update. We asked him if he has set up plans to visit or camp at school this summer?

"Yes, I plan on going to a few schools," he said. "I want to make a verbal before my season so I want to visit some of the schools that have offered me. I am going to go back up to Michigan State sometime this summer."

The Spartans have been very consistent in their recruitment of Bellamy. Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi serves as the primary recruiter of Bellamy for Michigan State and Defensive Lien Coach Ted Gill has also spoken with him.

Bellamy is listed as being 270-pounds in the Riavsls.com database, but he informed us that he is presently close to 280-pounds. Bellamy has been working out hard this spring and plans on continuing that schedule in order to ensure a strong senior season.

"I think we have a chance to have a great season," Bellmay said. "We return a lot of players with experience and we have been working hard. This summer we will have lifting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7AM to 9:30 in the morning and we will also work on conditioning as well."

Michigan State was one of the first teams to get in on Bellamy and that may have had something to do with Coach Dantonio's strong ties to the state of Ohio. Bellamy informed SpartanMag.com that the Principal of his high school is a good friend with Coach Dantonio and that is how the recruitment likely initiated.

One factor that Bellamy indicated that he was going to look at when it comes to his recruitment is playing for a team that has a bright future. Bellamy wants to play for a team that is bringing in a talented recruiting class. The fact that Michigan State is off to one of its best starts to recruiting in school history certainly cannot hurt the chances of the Green and White.

Though he is listed as a strong-side defensive end in the Rivals database, it is very possible the Bellamy could slide inside at the next level and also plays some defensive tackle. His quickness off the ball would certainly benefit a team that likes to use their tackles to get into the backfield and disrupt things.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Bellamy over the coming weeks. With the Spartans already scoring big on the recruiting trail at the skill position spots, the focus is now shifting toward the trenches. A player with Bellmay's ability and motor would be an excellent fit for any program that is looking to upgrade that position.


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