Jayden Bellamy, Bergen Catholic's All-State defensive back, commits to Notre Dame
Jayden Bellamy became the second football standout from Bergen Catholic to commit this year to Notre Dame.
The All-State defensive back announced his decision Friday evening to play for the Fighting Irish, following Crusaders quarterback Steve Angeli’s commitment in March.
Bellamy is a two-time All-State selection and his father, Jay, is a New Jersey product who starred at Rutgers before going on to play 14 seasons in the NFL, with Seattle and New Orleans.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Bellamy is a rising senior who can play cornerback or safety and chose Notre Dame over a long list of colleges that included Rutgers, Penn State, Clemson and Oklahoma.
“He’s a great, humble kid, a great kid to coach – he’s incredibly coachable – and he works hard," Bergen Catholic coach Vito Campanile said Friday. "He’s incredibly tough, he’s a good tackler, a good open-field tackler, and a big-play guy on offense.”
Bellamy is ranked by 247 Sports as a three-star recruit and the No. 41 cornerback in the country in the Class of 2022. Rivals ranks him No. 59 at the position.
Bellamy was a two-way threat last season, in the secondary and at wide receiver, en route to earning second-team All-State on defense. He caught three touchdown passes, and he returned an interception for a score against archrival Don Bosco Prep.
“He’s about as humble of an elite-level player as I’ve ever been around,” Campanile said. “You never hear a word out of him. If it wasn’t for how productive he is, you wouldn’t even know he was there."
Bergen Catholic is among New Jersey’s premier programs and Bellamy transferred to the Oradell school after an All-State sophomore year at St. John Vianney.
Bergen Catholic finished 5-1 during last year’s pandemic-abbreviated season, and this season the Crusaders' schedule will include matchups against powerhouses from Ohio and Delaware.
Greg Mattura is a sports reporter for NorthJersey.com. For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get breaking news directly to your phone, sign up for our newsletter and download our app.