2015 Spotlight: Monster with a motor

You may not have heard his name yet, but you will be hearing much more about Abdul Bellio. The Montverde Academy offensive tackle stands 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds and is brand new to football, but already getting noticed by college scouts. Originally from Nigeria, Bellio is in his first year of organized football and looks to be something special.

Walter Banks coaches at Montverde now, the former Groveland Southlake High School coach knows a little bit about talent and character with his players and says that Abdul Bellio has plenty of both. His persona reminds banks of Gator Great running back Jeff Demps.

"You can't ask for a better kid both academically and athletically," Bellio said. "He works hard in everything he does and is 100%. He has respect for his teachers and coaches. He has the temperament of Jeff Demps. He wants to please everybody and just an overall good person."

Banks discussed how Bellio ended up on the campus at Montverde and just how little the young man knows about the game he already excels at.

"This is his first year of organized football," the coach said. "He is from Nigeria. Two to three times a year a foundation comes from America to Nigeria and teaches some football fundamentals. That is all the football he has had. When he put his helmet and shoulder pads on this spring it was the first time he ever had on football equipment. He is such a quick learner, you can see that in his highlight film."

Being new to the game, there are several things that Bellio has to work on to improve his game.

"One thing I have been on him about this whole season is his pad level," Banks said understandingly from a guy with no coaching and with his tremendous size. "His pad level has to get better and his knowledge of American football.

Banks couldn't help but chuckle telling a story of a conversation between he and his player.

"He has come a long way," he said with a little laugh. "I was telling the guys about blocking and said something to the guys about not giving up a sack. He came up to me a couple of days later and said, ‘Coach, what is a sack?' When I told him, he said, ‘oh that's a bad thing'.

The kid works hard learning the sport and when you watch him he just drives hard on every play. He really is a force of nature when he starts blocking someone.

"He is a very aggressive person and strong individual," Banks said. "He moves a lot better than guys like Jonotthan Harrison and Ryan Carter that played at Florida. He is impressive for a guy that is 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds and moves the way he moves and he has strength. He is a very strong kid. The best thing he has right now is his movement. He has a first quick step and lateral movement and doesn't ever stop. He has a motor in him."

His quickness and strength would seem to make for a great fit on defense, and Coach Banks plans to use him there sparingly, but he wants to abide by the kid's wishes.

"He could be great on the other side of the ball," Banks said. "Right now we probably won't do that. His goal is he wants to be an offensive tackle at a division one school."

Coach Banks said that Florida and Florida State are already taking notice of Bellio and keeping in touch about his young star.

Here are his highlights compliments of XOS on Youtube. Watch for yourself and see just how impressive Bellio is after just a few months of coaching in the game.

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