Belton is Wide Open

Colorado has not landed a player from the state of Ohio since Ben Kelly back in the early Rick Neuheisel era. New Coach Dan Hawkins is leaving no stone un-turned in his mission to bring CU back to the promised land. He, and an assistant will be at a combine in Columbus today to view QB Clay Belton, among other players CU would usually never make the trek to look at. The Ohio star is excited about CU showing interest and is going to take a serious look at the Buffaloes.

Height: 6-5 1/2
Weight: 219
40 time: 4.9
Bench: 200
Squat: 315
From: Clayton, Ohio
High School: Northmont

Clay Belton is one of the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest. As a junior, he had 2,700 yards passing, 30 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He was named first team all-league and second team all-state as a junior. "My #1 strength has to be my ability to read defenses. Also, I stay calm in the pocket. After the first read, I don't just bail out of the pocket and run. I'm able to check down and look at my other options. My last strength would have to be my arm strength."

He has current written offers from Duke, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, and most recently, Kansas State.

He is not ready to claim any favorites. "I am wide open right now. I will look at anyone that is looking at me."

Out of nowhere, apparently Colorado just became one of those schools. The new staff members have been given their recruiting responsibilities and Coach Hagan covers Ohio. He was recently seen at the Elite Skills Camp held at Cleveland Browns stadium. was in attedance and noticed the CU staff member. "After the camp, Coach Hagan and I were able to get in touch and he was telling me that they have a real good situation at quarterback at Colorado. He also said they run a pro-style offense which I really liked hearing. He said that he will be at the event in Columbus with their head coach and is looking forward to seeing me again."

Belton hopes a lot of schools that are seeing him for the first time will become more interested. "Coaches are telling me that they want to see a quarterback in-person before they extend an offer. So after tomorrow, I hope a lot more schools come in on me."

The Ohio product will be searching for three specific criteria in his college choice. "I am open to going anywhere in the country. I will be looking at the coaching at the school, the environment and the style of ball they play."

He has only been playing the game since seventh grade so he has some major upside.

Belton carries a 3.7 core GPA and scored a 21 on the ACT. He would like to major in Engineering or Business.

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