5-star RB talks Clemson, favorites

5-star RB talks Clemson, favorites

One of the top running backs in the country says he knows Clemson would be a good fit for his services, especially after watching C.J. Spiller this past season.

RB Mike Bellamy Profile

CUTigers recently caught up with Charlotte High School (Punta Gorda) running back Mike Bellamy for the latest on his recruitment.

"I haven't been really been talking to anyone lately," he said. "They've been getting in touch with my coaches and I've been telling my coaches I don't really feel like talking right now.

"The last coach I talked to was Brad Scott."

Bellamy said he's also talked to former Clemson running back and future NFL first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller after the two met randomly at the Florida Relays.

"I talked to C.J. last week there," Bellamy said.

"I know how they would get me the ball (at Clemson). We talk about how it's a great fit for me—stuff like that. He said it's a great fit because they moved him around to get him the ball. I saw how they used him there, so I think it's a good fit for me, really."

Spiller isn't the only standout running back that Bellamy speaks with reguarly.

"Jeff Demps is like my oldest brother. I grew up with him. Chris Johnson, I grew up with him. Me, him and Jeff are from the same neighborhood," Bellamy said. "We stay like right beside each other. I talk to Percy (Harvin). I talk to Kenny Turner. He's at New Mexico State.

"I talk to a lot of people. They just think whatever the best fit is for me—where ever I can get the ball. They don't want me to be redshirted."


As a junior, Bellamy ran for 2,156 yards (9.97 per carry) with 31 touchdowns. (Scout.com)
Four years worth of highlights from Spiller's time at Clemson have prompted Bellamy to give Clemson a very long look later on this spring.

"I'm supposed to be going up in a couple of weeks for two weeks," he said. "I just want to see how I like it. You go up to a place for one day and they'll show you the best of it. You really want to see how it is. I want to see how the weather is because I'm from Florida…I just want to see how I adjust to it."

Along with Clemson, Bellamy is considering a host of the top tier schools across the country--Florida, USC and Alabama, to name a few.

For now, no one in particular sticks out.

"I like every scholarship that I have," Bellamy said.

There's one thing in particular that Bellamy is looking for from each school.

"The biggest thing is playing time. Whoever wants to play me, that's where I'll be," he said.

Bellamy plans to wait and make his decision on National Signing Day so he can take all five official visits.

"I want to go to Alabama and USC (officially). I'm just going to take an unofficial to Clemson. I'm going to go up to Tennessee. I'm going to go to Miami, but I don't know. I'm just kind of playing it as it goes," he said.

As a junior, Bellamy rushed for 2,156 yards and 31 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,908 yards and scored 27 touchdowns.

Scout.com ranks him as the No. 5 running back prospect in the nation.

As a junior, he ran for 2,156 yards (9.97 per carry) with 31 touchdowns while leading the Tarpons to their second consecutive Regional Final (4A).

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