Eric Belew update

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Columbia Central athlete Eric Belew, who was Porter's first commitment of the 2012 class, said Saturday he was still firmly committed to the Tigers although he conceded that if Porter was let go, he wasn't sure what he'd do.

There's little doubt that the University of Memphis football program is in a state of flux. U of M coach Larry Porter is reported to be on shaky ground, and now-former defensive coordinator Jay Hopson was let go last month after a 47-3 loss to Arkansas State. Columbia Central athlete Eric Belew, who was Porter's first commitment of the 2012 class, said Saturday he was still firmly committed to the Tigers although he conceded that if Porter was let go, he wasn't sure what he'd do.

"My opinion is really that if Coach Porter's there, I'm there," Belew said. "I don't know how I'd take it if he left."

Belew said he understands the struggles that Porter and the Tigers are experiencing this season.

"The cards he was dealt were difficult," Belew said. "He's taking the right steps. It might get worse before it gets better, but that's the way college football is. It would be a mistake if they let Porter go."

Belew said he had the opportunity to meet the Tigers' new safeties coach, Ronnie Bradford. Bradford is a former 10-year pro who played for the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, and Minnesota Vikings.

"I think experience goes a long way with the coaching game," Belew said. "I feel like I could learn a lot from him as a person and a player."

Belew's high school team is 6-0 on the season and have now won 21 straight games at home. He has five receiving touchdowns and two interceptions this season.

He said he was recently offered by Arkansas State and that Wofford and UT-Martin continue to recruit him.

"I'm letting them know I'm firm with my commitment to Coach Porter," Belew said. "My mind is set and I'm 100 percent."

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