Chamblee (Ga.) defensive end Davin Bellamy was surprised to hear that Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops had agreed to take the head coaching job at Kentucky, but said it won't have much of an impact on his status with the Seminoles - at least not year.
"I've been to FSU three times and I didn't really meet him so I don't have that close relationship with him," Bellamy said. "The main thing that would hurt is if [defensive end coach D.J.] Eliot leaves. Him and [quarterbacks coach Dameyune] Craig are one of the main reasons I committed there."
Bellamy said he knew after meeting one-on-one with Eliot that he wanted to play for him at Florida State.
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"When I sat in a room with him and he told me all the things I needed to go to get the next level it caught my attention," Bellamy said. "He's sending three guys to the NFL this year. I think it if he leaves that would be a tough blow but I think that's the only affect that Coach Stoops leaving could really have on me."
Craig is Bellamy's primary recruiter and the two have become very close over the past few months. Bellamy also has regular talks with Eliot.
"Coach Eliot always makes sure we have a conversation once or twice a week," Bellamy said. "We've really built a relationship."
Since committing to Florida State in August, Bellamy has pretty much shut down his recruitment. He did say he still plans to take official visits to Florida State as well as Georgia and Missouri.
Bellamy was in Tallahassee on Saturday for Florida State's game against Florida and said he left feeling very reassured about his commitment.
"The atmosphere and the team just left me feeling that's where I need to be," Bellamy said. "… The vibe and the chills I got when I went to the game are why I chose Florida State in the first place."
Bellamy said that if Eliot follows Stoops to Kentucky, he's unlikely to consider the Wildcats and as long as Craig is on the Seminoles staff he doesn't see himself changing his mind.
"Coach Craig is really the person I'm closest with out of anyone in the recruiting process," Bellamy said. "I look at him as uncle. Even if Coach Eliot were to leave I still love Florida State."