Davi Belfort has not played a high school football game, but he does have one of the greatest college football coaches of all time trying to enlist his services.
Belfort, a rising freshman at Cardinal Newman, received an offer from Alabama, announcing the offer on his Twitter account on Monday night.
“It was definitely a surreal moment,” Belfort said. “It was an honor talking to one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football. It was such an honor. It was amazing.”
Belfort received the offer after attending a camp in Tuscaloosa on Monday and speaking to Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
“They saw me throw in the morning part [of the camp] and then after the morning part was when they decided to offer me,” Belfort said. “He called me in his office and we had a great conversation. He said he normally doesn’t offer kids that early. He’s really excited to see me grow and develop on the high-school stage. He said he’s definitely going to be watching me.”
Belfort is the son of former mixed martial arts star Vitor Belfort. The elder Belfort was born in Brazil and won 26 MMA contests. He won a UFC Light Heavyweight title in 2004.
Eighth-graders don’t typically receive college offers, especially not from programs like Alabama. Belfort already had offers from Arizona State and Florida Atlantic. The practice is becoming more common as younger players work out at camps and college programs look to get in contact with prospects earlier. Miami has offered prospects such as Harrison Bailey, Jacorey Brooks and Amari Daniels when they were in eighth grade.
Belfort will start his high school career this fall at Cardinal Newman under new Crusaders coach Jack Daniels. Daniels, a Palm Beach County football legend, took over the program two years after stepping down at Dwyer, where he spent 23 years and won two state titles. At Dwyer, Daniels coached Miami Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissett and Division I quarterbacks Faton Bauta (Georgia), Toddy Centeio (Temple/Colorado State) and Daniel Parr (FAU).
“[The offer] definitely doesn’t put any pressure on me. … Some people think it does, but I don’t see any pressure to it,” Belfort said. “I’m just really happy. If anything, it takes pressure off of me. I’m not worried about if it takes pressure off of me or not. I’m just worried about my fall season. I can’t wait to keep on getting better. As soon as I get home, I’m going to get back to what got me to this point, and I still have a lot to improve in my game.”