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Clemson nabs #1 RB in Florida Mike Bellamy and Valdosta CB Gerald Orta

Mike Bellamy (5'10 175, 4.31 40'), the #1 Back in Florida and #13 overall by Rivals has committed to Clemson. Brad Scott is the recruiter of record, with assistance from Jeff. He had over 2100yds, 9.9 ypc, and 31 TDs last season. He has over 4000 and 60 TDs in the last couple years.

Absolutely huge commitment. Currently he's rated as the #3 RB nationally in the Rivals 100. He can fly, he's great in space, and will be a dual threat out of the backfield. I'm a little surprised he's not a 5-star player but Rivals is not handing those out this year so much. Per Scout, he's a 5-star and #5 nationally at RB.

Along with Marlin Lane (#42 player overall in Rivals 100, #9 RB by Scout), we have two of the top backs in Florida. Unless we lose Bellamy, and I would not say its over considering his track record, we would not take anyone at RB who is not an oversign possibility. Those would be Mike Blakely (#22 overall Rivals, #29 RB Scout) or Isiah Crowell (#17 overall Rivals, #2 RB by Scout), if they chose us. I'm not optimistic that either will go for us at the moment, but I think we do have a shot at one of them.

You can thank C.J. for us being in it with so many great RBs from Florida this year.


Gerald Orta, a 5'10 175lb DB from Lowndes-Valdosta GA committed yesterday, and I'm withholding my opinion until I see more film of him in person. Otherwise I'd have posted this yesterday. I have seen some, and he is a thin muscular kid who will definitely play Cornerback at Clemson. I suspect he's a high-level 3-star commitment in the first sets of ratings. Perhaps a 4-star, but he's not in the first Rivals250 (first rankings will be done in about 2-3 weeks). A good commitment and Charlie Harbison has enough in the bank with me to get my vote of confidence with his choice. He's a Dan Pearman recruit, but Harbison closed the deal.