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Welcome to the Fold: Russell Bellomy

It looks like there is one more bit of news to report before taking a break. Last night Purdue got its second recruit for the 2010 when Texas quarterback Russell Bellomy announced he was coming to Purdue. Considering the luck we have had with quarterbacks from the state of Texas I really like this pickup for us.

First, there are the physical stats. He is a big guy at 6'3", but he only weighs 180 pounds right now. He is listed as a dual-threat quarterback and he had an impressive list of offers. Boise State, Michigan State, Colorado, South Florida, and Minnesota were among the schools after him. According to Scout (where he is listed as a three-star prospect) Oregon was showing some interest as well.

Bellomy will come to Purdue at an interesting time for his position. Once he gets here, his likely redshirt season will coincide with Robert Marve's final year as the starter. That would leave him to compete in 2012 with fifth year senior Caleb TerBush, juniors Rob Henry and Najee Tyler, and Sophomore Sean Robinson (assuming Robinson redshirts this year).

As a junior last season he led Martin High in Arlington, Texas to an 8-5 record and appearance in the state playoffs. They made it to the round of sixteen in class 5A-I before losing to eventual state champion Trinity. Their second round game was a victory over Permian of Friday Night Lights fame. His stats were quite good, too. He was 121-202 with 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also ran for 438 yards and six touchdowns. Martin appeared to be more of a running team last year with Danzel Williams being a 1,200 yard back with 21 touchdowns.

According to GBI, this was THE quarterback and possibly THE guy of the 2010 class. I find that interesting, especially given the depth we have at the position right now. By the time Bellomy gets to campus and has a serious shot at playing every quarterback in front of him will have at least two years in the system here. I think that is going to make it very hard for him to see the field early. Still, he is a rising prospect before the 2010 season even starts. ESPN Dallas seems pretty high on this kid, naming him one of the top quarterbacks in Texas. Here is an interview they did with him.  

Ultimately, this is a good pickup. As you can see from the highlights here, he is a threat with both his arm and his legs. We'll find a place for him.