Ex-USF signee Bellamy now headed to Louisville
Former Boca Ciega star Josh Bellamy, who signed with USF in 2007 but didn't qualify and had pledged to join the Bulls this fall, now says he's committed to sign with Big East rival Louisville next week.
Bellamy's offer from USF had survived the coaching change from Jim Leavitt to Skip Holtz, but he was asked to honor his commitment to the Bulls and not visit any other schools. This past weekend, Bellamy made an official visit to Louisville -- where his cousin, fellow Boca Ciega grad Preston Pace, is now playing -- and whether USF pulled its offer or not, he said he's headed to Louisville.
"Coach Leavitt was the whole reason for me committing anyway," said Bellamy, who said new Louisville coach Charlie Strong had recruited him when he was an assistant at Florida.
Bellamy said USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan had told him his scholarship would be honored and asked him to come to campus last week to meet Holtz in person. He did not make that trip, instead flying to Louisville.
Bellamy will play receiver for the Cardinals, and said he could take some snaps in wildcat formations. His road to major-college football has been a long one -- he first committed to USF in 2006 and signed with the Bulls in 2007, then Iowa State in 2009, but didn't qualify academically either time. He re-committed to USF in August, saying he needed one three-hour class to get his associate of arts degree so he could enroll in January. He's now taking that class online from a California junior college this spring while home in St. Petersburg.
USF, whose only receiver commitment is from Lake City standout Jamaal Montague, is still in the final mix for Bradenton Manatee star Ace Sanders. The Bulls appear to be making a move on Williston's Deonte Welch, an Arkansas commitment (and three-star recruit by Rivals.com) who told the Gainesville Sun this week he will visit USF and then choose between the Bulls and Razorbacks. Welch is friends with USF senior defensive tackle Aaron Harris, who also played at Williston.