Bellore back from OSU

Wis. linebacker took part in recent Nike camp; is receiving interest from major-conference programs

Nick Bellore, a 6-foot-1, 232-pound class of 2007 linebacker prospect at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) High School, does not have a scholarship offer yet, but his suitors include several major-conference programs.

"I get mail from regularly from Wisconsin, Kansas State, Illinois, North Dakota State, Minnesota (and) Army," Bellore said, in a telephone interview today.

"I've been trying to get in touch (with) Kansas State… a coach at Kansas State, Coach Tibesar (special teams coach Tim Tibesar) called me last night. I've gotten one or two (handwritten letters) from them.

"I've got (handwritten letters) from Western Michigan… North Dakota State too."

According to Bellore, Wisconsin tight ends coach Bob Bostad visited Whitefish Bay last week, and a coach from Western Michigan is expected to make an evaluation-period stop there this week.

Bellore was a Wisconsin Football Coaches Association honorable mention all-state middle linebacker as a junior last season after he recorded 90 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, five sacks and two interceptions. He was also a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel honorable mention all-area linebacker and a first-team all-conference choice at both linebacker and offensive tackle.

This fall will be Bellore's third as a two-way starter for the Blue Dukes. He was a defensive end and offensive tackle as a sophomore. He is primarily being recruited as a linebacker or defensive end.

"Some coaches are talking about playing me at fullback too, which would be fine with me," Bellore said. "I play offensive line also on my team but that's not going to be an option in college. But I like the blocking stuff so I definitely would like fullback too if linebacker didn't work out…I might end up playing tight end this year…

"We're kind of lacking on big guys on our team so I ended up playing tackle. But I think at most other schools I'd be playing tight end or fullback on offense. But I definitely like tackle."

Bellore attended the Nike camp at Ohio State Friday and reported a 4.8-second electronically timed 40-yard dash.

"I'm not like the fastest guy around but I think I play faster than my 40," Bellore said.

Bellore said he also posted a 4.3-second 20-yard shuttle, a 30 ½-inch vertical jump and 18 bench-press reps at 185 pounds.

"I'm kind of bumming on that," Bellore said of the bench press. "But it was good. I learned a lot from the coaches there and one-on-ones went well. It was pretty fun. They've got the coaches all over the place and you are just kind of going against the running backs. I got an interception (during the one-on-ones) and that was cool."

Bellore said he maxed out on his lifts three months ago and reported a 335-pound bench press, 470 squat, 330 hang clean and 550 dead lift.

"I kind of didn't train for endurance as much as I should have," Bellore said of his 18 bench reps at 185 at the Nike camp. "I have to work on the reps for that."

Bellore hopes to have an opportunity to improve on that result at one of the summer camps he attends.

Said Bellore: "I'm going to go to (Northern Illinois) for sure, Wisconsin pretty much for sure. Western Michigan for sure. And I might do one days at like Central Michigan, Ball State, Kansas State."

Bellore said he is considering all of the schools that are recruiting him.

"Just based on the contact I've been getting, I really like all of them," he said. Wisconsin, Kansas State, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan have been showing him the most interest thus far. "I really like those four schools and any one of them would be great. I like all the coaches… I haven't met so many coaches from Kansas State, but I think I'm going to go down and go to camp there, so that should be good."

On Nov. 12 last year Bellore visited Kalamazoo, Mich., to see Western Michigan host Central Michigan. A week later he was in East Lansing, Mich., to see Michigan State host Penn State. Bellore did not make it to a Wisconsin home game last season because Whitefish Bay held practices — watching film, weight lifting and doing a pool workout — on Saturdays. He did, however, attend the Badgers' spring game two weeks ago.

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