Big QB Remains Wide Open

With a year primarily focused on the offensive line behind them, the Duke coaching staff now looks towards adding a high major signal caller in the class of 2007. At or near the top of the board sits 6-foot-6 Ohio quarterback Clay Belton. But is he ready to seriously narrow down his options? Not yet.

"I'm wide open right now," says Northmont High standout Clay Belton. "I have offers from Duke, Kansas State, Bowling Green, Toledo, and Cincinnati, but I don't have a set list of favorites at this point."

Considered one of the top prospects in the Midwest in his year, Belton passed for more than 2,700 yards as a junior along with a staggering 30 touchdown passes against just 10 interceptions. Those gaudy stats quickly earned the attention of several schools, including the Blue Devils.

"They were one of the first schools to offer me, and that counts for something. But right now I'm not going to rush any part of the process. It's best for me to get a feel for all the schools that are recruiting me and then go from there."

So far this spring Belton has been extremely busy on the combine circuit. In January, Belton participated in the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio. He also made an appearance at the Elite Skills Camp at Cleveland Browns Stadium. It's all in an effort to earn an even bigger reputation,

"I've only played high level football for one year, so all schools have to go on is my highlight tape. That's good, but I want to help them see my by getting out and being noticed."

Of course when you measure out at 6'6 and nearly 220 pounds while slinging the ball around, left handed no less, it's hard for people not to notice you isn't it?

"My height is one of the first things that people notice about me. There aren't a lot of high school guys my size, and that's an advantage. But I want to become more than just a big quarterback. Some people think I can only operate in the shotgun offense, because that's what we run. But my coach is working with me on things like reads, drops, and that kind of thing so I can be ready to play at the next level.


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