Securing the outside linebacker recruit from Chamblee High would be a bit of good news for the Bulldogs as college football’s National Signing Day approaches on Wednesday.
Georgia could use it considering it was in the running for several top-100 national prospects who are now expected to go elsewhere.
They might have a Georgia cap on the table when they make announcements during Wednesday’s ESPNU signing-day broadcast, but recruiting analysts project offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil from Lake City, Fla., to sign with Ole Miss and Norcross tailback Alvin Kamara to sign with Alabama.
Georgia still could add five-star Dooly County defensive lineman Montravius Adams on Wednesday to its 30-player class. He is also considering Clemson, Alabama and Auburn.
“It’s been definitely more negative news than positive news, but they’re very much in the hunt for Montravius Adams, who Georgia really had to play catch-up with during the last 18 months,” Chad Simmons, recruiting analyst for Fox Sports Next/Scout.com, said of the Bulldogs’ fortunes. “They’ve done a heck of a job to get themselves back in the mix and really I think are in position to sign the kid on Wednesday.”
Bellamy, rannked a four-star prospect by Scout, said on Monday that Georgia leads Tennessee and Oregon and he probably will sign Wednesday morning.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Bellamy decommitted from Florida State last week.
Georgia and Bellamy heated up again after recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner left for Auburn and Naim Mustafaa from Alpharetta enrolled at Oklahoma State after having been committed to Georgia.
The one thing that Bellamy said could keep him from signing with Georgia is the uncertainty he feels about how long defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will remain in Athens. Bellamy said other schools have used Grantham being connected in reports to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator opening to put questions in his mind.
“The thing is right now [is] I don’t want to sign somewhere and then have the coach bounce after signing day,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy spoke to Grantham on Sunday night.
“I asked him if I was to sign to go to Georgia, after signing day what would happen?” Bellamy said. “He said he’ll be sending me some film to watch to get ready for camp. He was telling me he’ll still be there, but they’ll tell you anything, man. I’m just going to have to trust him.”
Bellamy said he made a pact with Grantham on his official visit he termed “17 longevity.”
“It means if I come here I can keep my number, 17, and he promised he’ll be here next year,” Bellamy said. “Seventeen longevity is what he always says every time I ask that question. If he sticks by the pact, that would be neat.”
His decommittment came after his main recruiter, Dameyune Craig, left for Auburn and defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot went to Kentucky.
Bellamy’s official visit to Oregon over the weekend made some waves after he posted and then deleted a photo on his Twitter account showing him among a group of people with a bong on a table.
“If I even knew that was in the room, I wouldn’t have even taken a picture and put it up because I know how much I have to lose,” he said. “We were walking by through the hallway of the dorm and a couple of girls’ door was open. <0x00C9> They called me and this other recruit in for like 15 or 30 seconds to take a picture and we ran in and jumped on the sofa and took a picture and jumped on out and headed to the elevator to head to the car.”
He said the schools haven’t backed off, but he did speak about it to coaches at Oregon and with Grantham.
“I told him it was an honest mistake and I had no part of what was going on there,” Bellamy said. “He said he believed me. These coaches know my character and they know that picture was a false representation of the way I carry myself.”
There was a meltdown of sorts last Friday for some fans who follow Georgia recruiting closely. Tunsil, the nation’s No. 1-rated offensive tackle, was considered likely to go to Georgia but now appears poised to sign with Ole Miss after Rebels coaches had an in-home visit last Thursday with him.
Georgia coaches had already visited with him.
“It would be a huge letdown,” ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill said.
“It’s not a great offensive tackle class. – He’s clearly the cream of the crop.”
Said Simmons: “I’m not ready to say Georgia is completely out, but I definitely like Ole Miss’ chances right now of signing him.”
Ole Miss is currently ranked No. 13 in Scout.com’s recruiting rankings. Its success has prompted speculation of cheating.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze tweeted on Friday that, “If you have facts about a violation, send it to email@example.com. If not, please do not slander these young men or insult their family.”
Meanwhile, Georgia offered a scholarship last Friday to Alpharetta offensive tackle George Adeosun.
“Right at this point, I have a top three,” said the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Adeosun, who took official visits to Arizona State, Oklahoma and Virginia.
All he would divulge is that the Bulldogs are in that final three. He said he will sign on Wednesday.
“I’m keeping it within the family, and I’ll come up with something soon,” he said.