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Dunedin's Bellamy is first '09 commitment

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Notre Dame is out to a 45-31 lead early in the second half, but there's big news to report from the Sun Dome: Dunedin junior running back Adaris Bellamy, expected to be one of the top backs in the state this fall, became USF's first oral commitment for 2009 when he gave a pledge to Jim Leavitt before tonight's basketball game. USFnation.com broke the news earlier tonight, and I was able to get Bellamy on the phone to confirm his decision.

"It just seemed like the right fit for me," said Bellamy, who rushed for 1,950 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, earning first-team all-state honors in Class 5A. "I love everything about USF, but especially the coaches and the players I've met."

Bellamy, 5-foot-10 and 219 pounds, already had offers from Clemson and Mississippi and was being recruited by other top-tier schools, but he was sold on USF after visiting the Bulls' first practice Wednesday with Dunedin coach Mark Everett.

"He's the perfect combination of speed and power," Everett said. "I'm an old-school coach, but to me, he's a high school Jim Brown, an Earl Campbell. (Largo's) Brynn Harvey had a lot of power last season, and (Northeast's) Jeff Brinson had a lot of speed, but Adaris really has both."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:15pm]

    

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