April 9, 2010

Rams offer Bellomy

One look at his numbers and it is easy to see why Arlington (Tex.) quarterback Russell Bellomy has college coaches falling all over themselves for his services.

Bellomy offers prototypical size (6-foot-4, 180 pounds), a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash, a squat of 355 pounds and a hang clean max of 260. In the classroom he holds a 4.11 grade-point average (on a 5.0 scale) and has scored 1620 on the SAT.

"The first thing (coaches) see is I am 6-foot-4 and then they see I am a duel-threat quarterback," Bellomy said. "I am not a one-dimensional quarterback. I can run and throw. I can even block and even catch a pass. The coaches say I am unique."

On the field last year, Bellomy turned his potential into production in the form of 1,546 yards passing and 438 yards rushing. Bellomy proved consistent, completing 59 percent of his passes, and scoring 13 touchdowns while throwing just three interceptions. He scored another six touchdowns on the ground and led James Martin High School to a third-round appearance in the Texas State Playoffs and an 8-5 overall mark. Bellomy said Martin High School runs a shotgun offense that has also features aspects of pro-style offense and I-back sets.

"Last year I was working myself into the varsity picture," Bellomy said. "I didn't have experience, so I was trying to win and focusing on executing plays. This year I have the swing of things, I have gained weight, so I am going to work on the smaller things like footwork, different throws, reading defenses and all the technical stuff about the game."

Bellomy holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Florida International, Purdue, Michigan State and Alabama-Birmingham. Oregon, Tulsa, South Florida, Notre Dame, and Boston College are also actively recruiting Bellomy. The Texas quarterback said he has been to Junior Days at Kansas State, Houston and Vanderbilt and has taken unofficial visits to Tulsa, Illinois and Northwestern.

"It doesn't matter how big or small, how many students a school may have or anything like that, Bellomy said. "The coaches play a big role and in meeting all these coaches, I have a good grip of their personalities and the way they coach. I also want to see the way the players act and whether or not the respect the coaches and the way they behave. I also want to see the campus. All I really care about is the campus life."

Colorado State may be in line for a Bellomy, who said he has no favorites as yet, visit after Ram Receivers Coach Dan Hammerschmidt extended a scholarship offer through Bellomy's coach yesterday.

"I kept up with CSU," Bellomy said. "I am pretty sure they played in the New Mexico Bowl last year and the running back with the dreadlocks (Gartrell Johnson) had a coming out party. That is how I remember them. He was very good. I know they are in the Mountain West. I hear Fort Collins is really, really pretty. I don't know all the details. I'd like to get up there and see it. That would be really sweet."




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