Hailing from a small town in Southern Idaho, Twin Falls High School tight end/receiver Ben Belloli is doing everything in his power to play at the next level.
“I am working out four days a week during the summer,” the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Belloli said. “Monday through Thursday I have weight room at 7 in the morning. At 8:15, twice a week, we have skill training. The other two days we run. A lot.”
Sacrificing the free time that normally accompanies a student’s summer in order to play in college, he says, is a small price to pay. But that’s not all he gives up in favor of his dream. In 2014, Belloli saved every penny he had to attend a camp at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The lessons he learned there continue to pay dividends.
“I worked with the tight ends and linebackers at Nebraska,” he said. “It was a lot a fun and I learned a lot there. They helped me a lot with blocking. That’s what they taught me the most there. It helped in my season.”
Always a gifted athlete with big, soft hands, Belloli rarely drops a pass. Since his sophomore season he has worked on fine-tuning his game to become a better all-around player and college prospect. He knows exactly what he wants to do this offseason.
“I still want to put on some size and get stronger if I’m going to play in college,” Belloli said.
And he has his senior year at Twin Falls to prove his worth. The Bruins, stacked with talent and potential, are eyeing a 4A state title.
Belloli sees himself as an FCS talent and is in communication with a number of coaches from that level of college football, including the University of San Diego.
“Big Sky would be perfect,” he said. “I would fit in there.”
He has the frame to add on 20-30 pounds and become a Division I tight end, but also says he fits the bill as a possession receiver.
The Bruins open their 2015 season August 28 at home against Pocatello. In the meantime, Belloli has no problem giving up his summer vacation to ensure both team and individual goals are achieved.
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