Bellomy Comes Away Impressed From KU Visit

Russell Bellomy

Heading into his weekend visit to the University of Kansas, Russell Bellomy wasn't quite sure what to expect.

A 6-foot-3, 185-pound gunslinger from Arlington (TX) Martin High School, Bellomy's abilities as a dual-threat quarterback have earned him a handful of Division One scholarship offers to date – and interest from several more major programs.

The Kansas Jayhawks are one such program, and in recent weeks have turned up the heat in their recruitment of the talented prospect. Interested in learning more about the direction of the program under first-year head coach Turner Gill, Bellomy accepted an invitation from the coaching staff to attend Saturday's annual Spring Game.

It wasn't his first visit to the Sunflower State, as he attended the Junior Day event at Kansas State University earlier in the year. While he thoroughly enjoyed that visit, Bellomy said, it was more focused on learning about the University and the city of Manhattan. Because this one would be centered around the Spring Game, it was to be more football-oriented.

Until Saturday, most of his contact with the Kansas coaching staff had come in the form of phone calls, be it with tight ends coach Aaron Stamn, offensive coordinator Chuck Long, or Gill himself. Not only would this be his first chance to meet those coaches face to face, but it would be his first visit to the city of Lawrence, Memorial Stadium and the campus on Mount Oread.

So when he and his parents pulled into town Friday night, it was with an open mind, and no expectations – just excitement. And when they left on Saturday night, they came away impressed.

After checking in Saturday morning, they were given a tour of the facilities and had the chance to sit down and talk with Long and Stamn for a few minutes before the afternoon kickoff.

"I got a good feeling," Bellomy said, when asked for his impression of the coaches. "You can tell right off the bat that they definitely know what they're doing, and they're also good guys; very talkative, likable coaches."

While Kansas hasn't extended an official offer yet, Long discussed with him his intent to come and see the prospect in person later next week, after Texas high schools begin their own spring football practices.

Bellomy has a great deal of respect for Long's history as a player and coach, and is eager for the chance to show him what he can do on the field. Based on the Spring Game and what he knows about the offense from his conversations with the coaches, he believes he'd be a good fit with the Jayhawks.

"I could see myself fitting in and playing at Kansas," Bellomy said. "Hopefully they like what they see when they come down this spring."

The football program wasn't the only aspect of KU to make an impression on the Lone Star State product. Everything about the visit, including the school and the campus itself, passed the proverbial "parent test."

"I really didn't have any expectations, and I enjoyed the visit," Bellomy said. "It was fun. Afterward my family and I drove around the campus just to check it out, it was pretty cool."

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