That's why some of the program's top targets from the Class of 2011 will be on hand to take in the festivities.
Russell Bellomy is one such target. Hailing from Arlington (TX) Martin
High School, the 6-foot-3, 185 pound gunslinger has been on the
receiving end of increased attention from the Kansas coaching staff in
After having been invited to the Spring Game by the staff earlier this
year, Bellomy recently had the opportunity to speak not only with tight
ends coach Aaron Stamn – his primary point of contact to date – but
also offensive coordinator Chuck Long and Gill. Those conversations
ultimately helped him decide to make the trip to Lawrence for the
upcoming weekend event.
"Now that I've actually been talking to the coaches I figured I'd go up
there for the Spring Game, because I get to visit and I get to see the
players play," he said. "It kind of knocks out two birds with one
Bellomy fits the mold of the quarterbacks being pursued by the Kansas
coaches this year. A true dual-threat quarterback, he finished his
junior campaign with 1,546 yards passing and 13 touchdowns, to go along
with 436 yards rushing and 6 additional scores on the ground.
As impressive as his physical tools are, said MHS Head Coach Bob Wager,
it's Bellomy's intelligence and feel for the game that help make him
the total package. Reporting a 4.1 enhanced grade point average, the
young signal caller is expected to direct a scheme featuring a wide
variety of offensive sets and packages.
Rather than struggle with the pressure, Wager said, his quarterback
"He's very football savvy," he explained. "We really put a lot on him
as far as understanding where multiple motions come from. He's a
traffic director. We try to incorporate quite a bit of motion and we
also run a very up-tempo offense."
Recently, Bellomy competed at the EA Sports Elite 11 Regional event in
Fort Worth, on the campus of Texas Christian University. Here's what
Scout.com Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers had to say about his
"At 6'3 Russell Bellomy has nice height and after he adds some weight
he will be even better. He is a dual-threat but in the Elite 11 he was
pretty solid in almost every drill he did. Not a surprise that he is
closing in on double digit offers. "
Interestingly enough, the name of Martin High School might be somewhat
familiar to Kansas fans, as promising freshman wide receiver Chris Omigie hails from the school – and in fact was the previous owner of
Bellomy's #8 jersey.
Though he hasn't spoken to him about his experience in great detail,
Bellomy said, all indications were that Omigie was really enjoying his
time in Lawrence, and having a familiar face on board makes the Jayhawk
program even more intriguing.
"It definitely does," he said. "I wouldn't mind throwing to him either."
Though Kansas has yet to officially offer, Bellomy's list includes a
growing number of suitors coming with scholarship offers in hand.
Included on that list are programs like Michigan State, Purdue and
After an unofficial to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Boilermakers'
Spring Game last weekend, he's looking forward to the chance to learn a
little bit more about the Jayhawks and the direction of the program
The Kansas coaches have expressed an interest in visiting MHS once
their spring practices begin in late May, and Bellomy is hopeful an
offer will come at that time.
"We haven't really gotten that much in-depth about how their depth
chart looks and those things," he said. "When I go up there I plan on
talking to them about all that stuff."
Bellomy to Attend KU Spring Game
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