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Another Greenbelt speedster

Cornerback Travon Bellamy is starting to receive serious interest from major programs. Many schools already know about the standout because of his famous teammate, last year's No. 1 player Derrick Williams.
The Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt prospect has received mail from Michigan, Virginia, Boston College, Purdue, Rutgers, Connecticut, Maryland and Michigan State to name a few. However, it looks like Virginia Tech and UCLA have taken the lead in this race.
"I like both of their programs and the areas they are in," he said. "I would like to visit those schools."
The 6-foot-0, 185-pounder helped Roosevelt to an 8-3 record last year. In just six games, Bellamy went on to record 70 tackles, seven interceptions and three touchdowns on defense; he also added another touchdown on special teams on a kickoff return.
Bellamy went on to be named all-county and all-league defensive back.
"We did ok, but we had a lot more potential and didn't get as far as we should have," he said. "But I'm expecting this year will be much better and we should be favored to win it all.
"Early in the season, I suffered a sprained knee that kept me out four or five games, but I'm doing better now and I had a pretty good year."
So what does Bellamy want out of a school?
"The academics, that's first and foremost and I'll be looking for schools that have my major, either criminal justice or sports medicine," he said. "Besides that, I'm looking at the environment, playing time will be important and I want to be as close as possible to the coaching staff."
What schools are at the top of his list?
"Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Boston College, UCLA and Connecticut, but I'm open to anyone though.
"I want to go to UCLA because I'm looking at going somewhere far and it's in California and they have everything there," Bellamy said. "Virginia Tech's defensive backs and coaching staff are pretty good. Michigan's program I've been watching since I was a kid and I remember Charles Woodson.
"Boston College I've seen some of their games and they have a good program. Finally, a teammate of mine has talked about Connecticut and I'd be interested in checking them out more, because that's somewhere I can see myself come in right away and contribute to the team and they also send me a lot of mail."
Bellamy is being recruited primarily as a defensive back.
"I didn't play receiver this past year and I haven't been able to showcase my receiving skills yet," he said. "But I'm planning to at camps this summer."
The cornerback has already been to Virginia's junior day.
"It was good, but there were a lot of kids," he said. "But I liked Virginia."
He is also planning to attend summer camps at Virginia Tech and Michigan and is planning to attend the Nike Camp at Penn State this spring.
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