Oak Park, Mich., class of 2015 defensive tackle Shahid Bellamy has made his way to several college campuses this summer. Before his junior season started, Bellamy made one last summer visit Sunday to Michigan State.
"I went up there earlier in the day and went to the offensive and defensive meetings," Bellamy said. "I went to their church session they had today and that was real different… I didn't expect that, but it was real nice. I also watched the offense lift weights."
Sunday's visit to Michigan State gave Bellamy a chance to reconnect with Curtis Blackwell, the Spartan's Director of College Advancement and Performance, whom Bellamy worked with at Maximum Exposure before Blackwell joined Michigan State's staff earlier this month.
"He was the first person I talked to (on Sunday)," Bellamy said. "I also talked to Coach (Mark) Staten and I talked with Coach (Mark) Dantonio. They welcomed me with open arms. They want me to come up for a couple games."
Receiving a warm welcome from the Michigan State staff encouraged Bellamy, who goes into his recruitment with a strong familiarity with the program.
"I was a Michigan State fan when I was younger," he said. "Everything about getting recruited by your favorite school is great."
Other schools that are showing early interest in Bellamy include Indiana, Nebraska and Ohio State. In July, Bellamy attended Ohio State's Friday Night Lights Camp, where he worked with defensive line coach Mike Vrabel.
"He said I did real good, and he would be talking to my head coach about me," Bellamy said.
Michigan State is recruiting the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Bellamy as a defensive tackle, while Ohio State sees him at defensive end.
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