Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Michigan's call answered by Arlington Martin QB
By Randy Jennings
Arlington Martin quarterback Russell Bellomy already has learned about Michigan's fanatical following.
It didn't take long for Russell Bellomy to learn just what it means to be a quarterback recruit at the University of Michigan.
Returning from a recent recruiting trip to Ann Arbor, the Arlington Martin senior turned on his phone after stepping off the plane and had 50 new Facebook friend requests and about as many messages.
Bellomy’s highlight video went from 700 views to 5,000 in a day’s time and now it is up to 11,000.
“I’m learning just how many Michigan football fans there are,’’ said the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder who capped off a whirlwind recruitment by signing a letter of intent with the Wolverines on Wednesday.
Bellomy committed months earlier with another Big Ten school, Purdue. Then came a coaching change at Michigan and a two-week recruiting window for the new staff.
A Michigan coach visited with Bellomy 12 days ago, had a dinner with his family that night and offered him a scholarship before leaving the area.
Bellomy kept the Purdue coaches apprised of his visit and then his decision to go with the Maize and Blue.
“Michigan was always on my dream list of schools I’d love to attend,’’ Bellomy said. “On my visit, it was everything I thought it would be.’’
The Wolverines are getting a quarterback who threw for 1,564 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 804 yards and nine scores as a senior on a team that went three rounds deep in the playoffs.
“We’re a run-heavy offense,’’ said Martin coach Bob Wager, “but I think what impressed Michigan was the fact that Russell accounted for something like 45 touchdowns in his career and only threw five interceptions. He’s smart and he takes good care of the ball.’’
Four others in an illustrious Martin senior class have been recruited, including running back Danzel Williams (No. 64 on ESPNU 150) to Oklahoma.