Duke Still On Belton's List

Northmont High School enjoyed a great victory last week against GWOC rival Centerville. One of the reasons for this victory was the play of quarterback Clay Belton.

Scout.com has spoken with Clay Belton on several occasions. Thursday evening Clay wasn't home so we spoke to his mother, Lisa Belton.

Lisa gave the latest on her oldest son's recruitment. "He has offers from Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Duke, Kansas State as well as Miami. He has Indiana and Louisville who say they are close to offering and some others that are just talking to him. That's about it at this point."

Clay‘s college choice could be made during the season, but Lisa said it wasn‘t likely. "If there's something he doesn't want to let go comes up, it's possible but not probable that he'd make a decision before the end of the season. He'll probably wait until the season's over."

Most of the Belton family accompanied Clay when he attended the Mark Dantonio Football Camp in June. Lisa was asked her impressions of the Cincinnati program. "We certainly like Cincinnati and appreciate the offer very much. We like the fact that they play good football. I just don't think we're at a point of deciding right now."

Fans often hear about how hectic the recruiting process can get, but Lisa said it hasn't been a bad experience at all. "It really hasn't been that bad. To be honest with you when this all started, people told me coaches would be calling all the time and at your kitchen table and at your front door. Really none of that is happening. The good thing is they have text messaging and that works for me. We haven't been bombarded. Everyone's been good and respectful. We have three quarterback sons so we're pretty busy." Clay's brothers are two grades younger and six years younger. The middle boy is Clay's back-up at Northmont. Lisa described the youngest boy as "amazing" so this may not be the last time the Beltons go through college recruitment. The middle son was described a being "more of a running quarterback."

Although text messaging is popular, Lisa said all the schools also take their one call a week to stay in contention for Clay's services. "Clay gets tons of text messages, but it's good for us that he also talks to them (recruiters) directly. He then informs us what is going on. I prefer that to getting phone calls every night."

When asked if Lisa has a particular conference that she likes, she was very diplomatic with her answer. "They all, from what I understand, have their positive sides. For me, I want somebody that's going to love and appreciate my son. My husband was looking at something and Clay's rated #24 in the country or something so I'm surprised the phone isn't ringing more than it is. I know most all the top quarterbacks in his class have already committed. He's one of the few left which may be good or may be bad. I don't know. We want him to go where they're going to play the kind of football that's best for Clay and appreciate him. We want him to have an opportunity to contribute and learn and grow in his skills as well as get a great education. It's hard to decide because many of them offer that."

Clay plans to major in engineering.

Northmont is 3-0 so far with wins over Chaminade-Julienne, LaSalle, and Centerville. They play Miamisburg Friday night.

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