November 14, 2010

Five-star back discusses first official to UT

Punta Gorda, Fla., running back Mike Bellamy has been a Clemson commitment since May but the 5-foot-10, 175-pound back found himself in Knoxville for his first official visit. He left Tennessee still committed to the Tigers but said he had a great time on his trip to Rocky Top.

"It was great. I had a great time. I enjoyed the environment, I enjoyed the coaches, I enjoyed coach (Derek) Dooley," Bellamy said. "He's a great guy, great guy that's laid-back, really cool. He doesn't get in his players' faces. I just loved everything about it, it was a great time."

Bellamy said the game environment really stuck out to him and that Vol fans made the trip a good one as Tennessee shredded Ole Miss, 52-14, on Saturday.

"I just liked everything. The fans, the crowd. It was different, and I liked it and it was great," Bellamy added.

The question remains why Bellamy would pick the Vols to take his first official visit of the year. His reasoning behind that was because the Vols were his first offer and said he wanted to return the favor.

"To be honest, Tennessee was the first place I got an offer from and I just wanted to make my first official visit to where I got my first official offer from," Bellamy said.

Bellamy is being recruited by Tennessee coach Darin Hinshaw and attends the same high school Hinshaw graduated from. The dynamic tailback said the two have a good relationship and that there's still a few people around that Hinshaw knew that Bellamy knows now.

"He went to the same school as I went to and I've gotten to know coach Hinshaw for a little minute. My athletic director was actually his basketball coach," Bellamy said.

After enjoying his visit, Bellamy admits the Vols are on his mind but that he's still committed to Clemson.

"I'm still committed. Tennessee, they're still right behind Clemson. I'm still 150-percent with Clemson right now and I haven't changed my mind. I just came and I just had a great time and enjoyed myself," Bellamy added.

Bellamy said at this time he doesn't have any other official visits scheduled except for one to Clemson in the future.

Rivals.com ranks Bellamy as a five-star prospect and the second-best running back in the country.

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