Top 2016 QB Prospect Discusses Auburn Visit

Talented 2016 quarterback Jon Randall Belton talks about his visit to see the Auburn Tigers.

West Monroe, La.--A talented quarterback who still has two seasons of high school football left to play, West Monroe standout Jon Randall Belton was at Auburn on Saturday to check out Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers on the practice field. Also getting the opportunity to sit down with the coaching staff and see the campus and facilities, Belton said everything about his first look at Auburn was perfect.

"It was a great experience," the 6-2, 210 Belton said. "I have never been to Auburn before. It was just a blessing to be able to be there as a sophomore. It was a really nice campus. The practice looked like it had good tempo and was really fun. It was a really good experience."

Belton is one of the dozens of quarterbacks who have already shown Auburn a lot of interest this spring on the recruiting trail. That's not a surprise considering what the Tigers have done on the field under the direction of Malzahn in recent seasons. From Cam Newton's big year in 2010 to Nick Marshall last fall, Auburn's offense is dream for quarterbacks and is something that is attracting for Belton.

"They put their offense into whatever the quarterback can do the best," Belton said. "If the quarterback runs the ball best then they are going to run the ball more. Nick Marshall last year, he wasn't consistent throwing the ball so they ran the ball. I think that's a really big factor that Coach Malzahn and everyone else does for the team.

"I run the option and also pass the ball," he added. "I come from a dual-threat system at West Monroe. It's a really good experience and it would be easy for me to come into that offense and run it."

The quarterback in Auburn's offense works closely with Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee throughout his career. That makes it important for the relationship to be a strong one. Having his first chance to get to know both, Belton said he's already very impressed by what he saw from the staff and Malzahn in particular.

"That's two great guys right there," Belton said. "I have never been in a head coach's office and to have his wife in there with him, just talking to both of them they were both recruiting me. That was a really cool thing. To know that I'm actually family there, there's not a lot of places where you feel like you're at home. I felt like home where I went there."

Already with offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and TCU, Belton is making some waves early in the recruiting process. Very interested in Auburn even though he's still waiting on an offer from the Tigers, he said he plans to camp on the Plains this summer to show what he can do.

"They want to get to know me a little bit more," Belton said. "I'll come this summer and throw the ball for them and get to know them better. We'll go from there."


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