At 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, Central Michigan verbal commit Shahid Bellamy is your prototypical three-technique.
"They offered me for a three-technique," Bellamy told Hustle Belt earlier this week. "I'm going to play a little inside nose tackle. Central Michigan runs the same defense that we do at Oak Park so I think I can learn quick."
The Oak Park H.S. defensive tackle is one of six in-state players that have committed to CMU, narrowly losing out to Romello Ross in being the Chips' first to give his pledge.
"I was going to wait until next weekend to commit, but I also wanted to be the first to commit," Bellamy told ChippewaCountry.com in a March 21st interview one day following his commitment.
"Romello (Ross) beat me to it, so I thought I might as well commit now because I was feeling good about it. I called Coach Enos and made it official."
Rated three stars on both Rivals.com and 247sports.com (composite), Bellamy is easily the most prized verbal commit thus far in Dan Enos' 2015 recruiting class.
Central Michigan is currently Bellamy's lone offer, but he's receiving interest from Boston College, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
Bellamy plans to attend several camps this spring and summer: the Rivals Camp Series in Detroit (Saline H.S.) on April 27th, NFTC in Columbus on June 1st, CMU camp on June 8th, Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit on June 12th-13th, and the WMU camp at Oak Park H.S. on June 20th.
With an ambitious camp schedule and presumably increased exposure, CMU's recruitment of Bellamy is far from over. However, that doesn't seem to phase him. Bellamy remains all-in with Central Michigan.
"I love everything about Central Michigan," Bellamy said bluntly. "I like the family atmosphere, my teammates, and the coaches. I can talk to them about anything and it doesn't even have to be about football. We just have that bond."
"I like that they're trying to rebuild, win a MAC championship, a bowl game, and hopefully get to a national championship." Bellamy says the thing he is most looking forward to at Central Michigan is playing in his first college football game.
Bellamy's teammate Junior McMullen, who is committed to Western Michigan, said the two talked about playing with each other at the next level. However, it seems their hearts are set in two separate locations.
"We've talked about playing with each other before we both committed," Bellamy said. "I'm always trying to get him to change his mind and come to CMU with me. But I think he's stuck on Western Michigan and I don't have a problem with that."
"Whenever we see each other, [McMullen] always says ‘Row the Boat!' and I always say ‘Fire Up Chips!' back. That stuff happens all the time," Bellamy laughed.