One of the nation’s top junior college covermen is Dodge City (Kan.) Community College standout Walner Belleus. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, he has the ability to stick to you like glue. And he’s also starting to stick with a lot of college coaches that have offered him a scholarship.
But don’t tell Bellus how great he is. He wants to constantly strive to get better.
“I still have a lot to work on,” Bellus said. “There are some routes that still throw me off. The comeback route is one of them. That’s just so hard to defend, and I just have to work hard on my technique to get that shutdown.”
Bellus hasn’t really shut things down on the recruiting front, but definitely has a top three of Iowa, Georgia and Tennessee. All of the teams have offered him a scholarship, along with Michigan State, Kansas and South Carolina.
“I really like Iowa’s reputation,” Bellus said. “I know they are a good program. I don’t know much about their style of play and the players and coaches, but everybody around here seems to think they’re a great program.”
What about Georiga?
“It’s a lot closer to home,” Bellus, who is originally for Immokalee, Fla., said. “I know they have good players every year that get to play in the league, and that’s something that I want to do. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I’m high on them.”
Then there is Tennessee.
“They also have a lot of guys in the NFL,” Bellus said. “But they also have one of my good friends Ovince Saint Preux on the team. I’ve known him since we were little kids and we played ball together in high school. It would be kind of cool to play with him again.”
Bellus said he has not lined up official visits but likely will here after his season is over with. The Jayhawk Conference playoffs start on Saturday and Dodge City faces Hutchinson.
“We’re going to be ready for them,” he said. “This is our turn to beat those guys.”