From Scotland to Boston to Aurora, Ohio, Adam Bellamy has certainly been around. His next stop will be Columbus, where he hopes to make a major impact as a lineman for Ohio State.
Aurora defensive lineman Adam Bellamy signed his letter-of-intent and faxed it to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, officially becoming a member of the Ohio State recruiting class of 2009.
“I can’t wait to get down there and be with my brothers that will be my brothers for the next five years,” an excited Bellamy said. “I want to work hard with them and help everybody out and have fun. I keep thinking about how much fun it’s going to be. Sure, it’s going to be hard work but I can’t wait to get down there and be with everybody”
Knowing that the 2009 class is highly ranked, Bellamy gave his thoughts on the group headed to Columbus.
“I think we got people to push each other really hard and be a really tight-knit group of kids,” Bellamy said. “We’ve got to push each other as hard as we can and then we can see what will happen.”
Bellamy plans to enroll for the summer term on campus, but leading up to that he has a busy week.
“I’m playing in the Big 33 game in June, so I’ll practice for that for 10 days,” said Bellamy, a first team All-Ohio selection on offensive line. “I’ll play the game and then I’ll move to Columbus two days later.”
Bellamy helped Aurora post a 13-2 record and win the Division III state championship as a senior. He was a standout on both sides of the ball, leading some to think he could play offense for the Buckeyes. But it looks like he will start out as a defensive tackle at OSU.
Once he is in Columbus, Bellamy will have his work cut out for him to see the field as a freshman. He thinks he could sidestep a redshirt season if he concentrates on what he does best on the field.
“The thing I have that most other big guys don’t have is speed,” said Bellamy. “I’m really happy with my quickness and my speed. That always helps. I just need to work in the weight room. That’s what I see, is myself on the D-line working with my quickness and speed. And we’ll see what that does. I’m really explosive off the line and like to get going, get penetration through the line and hunt down the ball carrier.”
When a college recruit is considering where to play football, a lot goes through his mind. Bellamy was no different and education was high on his list. Another one of the reasons that Bellamy chose to be a Buckeye is that he thinks that this class could be something special when their college time is over.
“At Ohio State, we’ll have all the tools to play football with,” said Bellamy, who finished with 15 tackles for loss as a senior. “All the guys, I can see, will be able to get some great things happening.”
Appreciative of the situation he is lucky enough to be in, Bellamy wanted to make sure that people in his life are aware of his gratitude.
“I want to thank my mom and dad for feeding me for 18 years and for taking me to all my sporting events,” Bellamy said. “And for buying me all the equipment I need. They’ve given me all the support and love that, unfortunately, some kids don’t get. It’s definitely an advantage. And to my coaches, for taking care of me and all my teammates for getting into the program and guiding us through to a state championship.”
Not native to Ohio, Bellamy was born overseas and raised for much of life in the Boston area, in part explaining why Boston College was on his final list before choosing Ohio State.
“I was there from about five years old through about seventh grade,” Bellamy said. “My dad’s job took us there. Actually, I was born the United Kingdom. I was born in Scotland because of my dad’s job, actually.”
For the next four years anyway, this world traveler has found a home in Columbus.
The Adam Bellamy File
Here is a look at Aurora, Ohio, defensive lineman Adam Bellamy:
* Height, Weight: 6-5, 275 pounds
* 40-Yard Time: 4.8 seconds
* Vital Statistics: Bellamy helped lead Aurora to a 13-2 record and the Division III state championship, winning the title with a 21-10 win over Columbus DeSales. He was a standout on both the offensive and defensive lines for Aurora. He finished his senior season with 54 solo tackles, 36 assists, five sacks, 15 tackles-for-loss and 14 quarterback hurries. Bellamy was a Division III first-team All-Ohio pick and was also a first-team selection on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. As a junior, he had 46 tackles and six sacks. Bellamy is set to play for the Ohio squad in the Big 33 Football Classic in June.
* Rankings: He is rated as the No. 13 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 14 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Bellamy is rated as the nation’s No. 35 defensive tackle prospect by ESPN.com. SuperPrep ranks Bellamy as the 46th-best prospect in the Midwest.
* College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on (date), picking the Buckeyes over Boston College, Michigan State and Northwestern.
* Academics: Graduated with a 3.4 GPA and scored a 25 on the ACT.
* Why he picked Ohio State: “It’s close to home and Coach (Jim) Tressel has a great reputation and the whole coaching staff has a great approach to coaching.”
* How he figures to fit in at Ohio State: “I’ve got a lot to learn and I’ve got to get stronger and a little bigger. Of course, I have to keep my speed, too. It all depends on what they need. I’m not expecting anything.”
* When is he enrolling: June 22 in time for summer quarter.
* Projected uniform number at Ohio State: “I’m not really sure. I don’t really care what my number is.”
* Hobbies: “I play hockey and I like to hang out with my friends and play cards and some cornhole.”