Belotti receiving major-college interest

Kenosha (Wis.) Bradford athlete is waiting for his first scholarship offer

Justin Belotti, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety/wide receiver prospect at Kenosha (Wis.) Bradford High School, said in a recent telephone interview that he has received letters from 50-60 schools, including Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Colorado State, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Southern Mississippi, TCU, Texas A&M, Mississippi and Florida.

"But it's just all letters," Belotti said. "It hasn't been offers. I mean I get a number of handwritten letters but no offers."

Belotti has attended three Scout.com Combines and he also recently attended an Adidas Elite Combine in Madison, Wis.

At the San Antonio Scout.com Combine in January, Belotti posted a 4.78-second 40-yard dash, a 4.53-second 20-yard shuttle, a 30-inch vertical jump and 14 bench press reps at 185 pounds.

At the Pittsburgh Scout.com Combine in March, Belotti improved his 40 (4.63 seconds) shuttle (4.19) and vertical (34 ½). He also recorded an 8-foot-2 broad jump and 7.15-second 3-cone drill.

Belotti then attended the Iowa City Scout.com Combine April 22, and posted similar numbers in the 40 (4.62), shuttle (4.25) and 3-cone (7.25). His vertical jump slipped to 29 inches, but he drastically improved his broad jump to 9-4.

Belotti said he could not recall his numbers from the Adidas Elite Combine. The scout.com numbers are all available online at ScoutCombines.com.

Belotti has competed in drills as both a wide receiver and defensive back during the combines. He was a starting middle linebacker at Bradford as a freshman and a starting outside linebacker as a sophomore. Last fall he started both ways at wide receiver and defensive back, playing both safety and corner.

Belotti caught 42 passes for 671 yards and three touchdowns last season and also ran the ball 11 times for 99 yards and three more scores, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was named honorable mention all-area by the Journal Sentinel.

"I played a lot more wide receiver this year (but) I actually I think (colleges) are looking at me more as a DB because of my height — I'm only at 5-11," Belotti said. "For the schools that I've talked to it seems like they are recruiting me more for safety. But I think a lot of schools that I've talked to said they are waiting to see what I can do on defense my senior year.

"It seems like scholarship offers are really close. It just seems like I'm getting everything but offers."

In addition to his combine trips to Iowa and Pittsburgh, Belotti visited Wisconsin for a spring practice. He has had telephone conversations with Badger coaches, as well as coaches from Colorado State, among others.

"And I've been talking quite a bit to the University of Pennsylvania," Belotti said. "(The Quakers have) been actually offering some financial aid already, but they can't offer scholarships" as an Ivy League program.

Belotti estimated his grade-point average is a 3.0 and he scored a 24 on his ACT.

"It could be better," he said of his academic standing.

Does Belotti have any favorites?

"I like (Wisconsin)," he said. "I was up there and it seemed like they knew me pretty well. I talked to the coaches and they said they were talking to me about (playing) receiver actually.

"Iowa was a really nice place.

"I talked to Ohio State. I was supposed to go to a camp but our state (championships) for track is that weekend so I'm not going to be able to make it there.

"I like a lot of Big Ten schools. I'm pretty interested in the Big Ten."

Belotti also made reference to Arkansas and Southern Mississippi, as examples of the southern schools that have contacted him.

"I like those schools but the Big Ten right now is my favorite," he said.


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