Russell Bellomy, a 6'3" 185 pound quarterback from Arlington (TX), recently switched his verbal commitment from the Purdue Boilermakers to a conference rival in the Michigan Wolverines.
Bellomy's head coach and athletic director, Bob Wager, of Martin High
School, took the time to catch up with GoBlueWolverine about his
quarterback and his abilities both on and off the field.
"He's a 4.0 GPA academically and 1100 plus on his SAT, so he's an
outstanding student," Wager told GBW. "He's done a masterful job of
maintaining the balance of being a student-athlete. He's a team captain, as
voted by his teammates, which I think is one of the great honors you can
have. I think he's going to make the team better and the campus better the
moment he steps on because of the type of person he is."
All of those abilities that Bellomy carries with him off the field have led
him to the position he's in on the field, fielding offers from across the
country before ultimately settling on the Wolverines.
"Again, you have to start with his aptitude," Wager said. "Anytime you're
talking about a student who's a 4.0 GPA, and I think the best indicator of
that is the past couple of years, just throwing the ball, he's upwards of 30
touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He takes care of the ball and has a great
understanding of not only what he's doing but what everyone else is doing
around him. Should that all break down he has the athleticism to not only
out run you, but also the ability to make you miss. Especially at 6'4",
he's surprisingly elusive and you have that aspect from an athletic
standpoint. But at the same time, while Russell has spent the majority of
the time under center and in the shotgun making multiple reads in the run
and pass game. Early on in his career he was predominantly under center in
two and three back sets. I think that created a toughness in Russell so
he's just happy to throw a block as he is a touchdown."
Bellomy had been committed for quite some time to Purdue. When Brady Hoke
took over the Michigan program and there was the departure of Tate Forcier, a
quarterback was needed in this class ... Hoke saw an opportunity and
"In Russell's words, Michigan was one of his absolute dream school," Wager
explained. "I think certainly anytime you go up to that environment, even
here in the great state of Texas, we recognize the fact that Michigan is one
of the premiere football traditions in all of college football and I'm sure
that had a profound impact to have an opportunity to go up and visit Ann
In the end, the Wolverines won over Bellomy and the rest of his family as he
tripped to Michigan unofficially earlier in the week. That's what it took
to settle on the Wolverine's and their opportunity and Wager agrees.
"Well I think the first thing you have to look at, is Russell has been
raised very well by both his mom and his dad. Certainly we've had at length
discussions about what it is to make a commitment. There was never a moment
where he did not take that into consideration and certainly didn't make that
commitment lightly. Ultimately, this was an opportunity that Russell and
his family felt like was the best possible situation for him, not only from
a football standpoint but in regards to his future. I think it was an
agonizing decision, but at the end of the day this is what the Bellomy's
feel is best for them and their son. That's the direction they went in."
Arlington Martin Coach Talks Russell Bellomy
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