Blue Chip QB "Blown away" On Visit

Quarterback Clay Belton took an official visit to K-State last weekend and had a difficult time expressing just how much he enjoyed the trip.

The 6-5, 220-pound passer from Clayton (Oh.) Northmont had not yet taken any other officials so his trip to Manhattan was a new experience. The coaches, players and fans did not disappoint.

"It's really tough to explain how much I loved everything," said Belton. "It was a much more positive experience that I ever could have imagined.

"I had heard a lot about their new coaching staff but they blew me away. You can't understand how impressive they are until you sit down and talk to them and get to know them. They're not only great coaches, they definitely care about each and every one of their players on a deep and personal level. They made me feel very comfortable. It's like you're one of their sons."

While Belton was impressed with what the coaches had to say he was just as impressed with how they coached the game.

"I love the type of football K-State plays," he said. "It's very encouraging to see a freshman like Josh (Freeman) play so well. He's obviously very talented, but the coaches are also putting him in a great position to succeed. They're letting him make plays and showcase his skills. It also shows they're willing to put young guys on the field if they think it will help them win games.

"I felt really fortunate to be there at such a great moment. It was perfect timing to visit the weekend they beat Texas. They weren't handed the game either – they went out and outplayed them.

"They run a pro-style offense and that's a big plus for me. One of my dreams has always been to play in the NFL, and I think playing in a pro-style offense would be great for that."

Tight ends' coach James Jones has been responsible for recruiting Belton and the Ohio prospect was hosted by redshirt freshman wide receiver Andrew Richards while in Manhattan.

While K-State appears to be in a great position to receive a commitment from Belton there still may be a long way to go.

"I really don't want to come out with a list or a favorite at this point, but I will say that there don't seem to be any negatives with K-State. I'm still looking at the other five schools that have offered – Miami (of Ohio), Bowling Green, Duke, Toledo and Cincinnati. This weekend (Nov. 17-19) I'm going to be visiting Miami.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to take all five of my officials but there's a good chance I will. I won't make a decision until I've taken the visits that I plan. Aside from the Miami visit my schedule is pretty clear at this point though."

Northmont finished the season with an 8-3 record but may have done better if not for an injury to Belton.

"At one point during the season I broke my thumb and missed two games," explained Belton. "We lost both of those games. I came back and played with a type of glove after that. We tried to rebound but ended up losing a tough one in the playoffs."

While Belton is a drop-back quarterback he showed his biggest strides in 2006 as a runner, improving his rushing yardage and scoring more touchdowns on the ground.

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