Bellomy to Attend KU Spring Game

The annual Spring Game has become an increasingly valuable recruiting tool in recent years for the Kansas Jayhawks, and in 2010 it promises to be even more so, thanks to the buzz created by the arrival of new head coach Turner Gill.

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 recent weeks.

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 stone."

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 flourished.

"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 performance:

"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 Tulsa.

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 under Gill.

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."

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