"The trips were nice I enjoyed them both," Belton said. "I went to Louisville and we toured the facilities, watched practice and sat down with the receiver coach for a meeting and got to see what they were all about."
Belton visited Louisville Friday and came away highly impressed with what new coach Charlie Strong is doing at Louisville. Belton liked Louisville's facilities, felt comfortable with the Cardinals coaches and believes he'd be a good fit in Mike Sanford's spread offense.
"I think [Louisville] was great," Belton said. "I loved their facilities and what they're trying to do – they're trying to rebuild the program. I love what they're doing down there. Coach Strong said they were trying to bring in great recruits to turn the program around. He was saying that the best players were going to play even if it was a freshman coming in."
The opportunity to play early at a school like Louisville definitely appeals to Belton, who is rated the #13 wide receiver nationally.
"It would be a great opportunity," Belton said. "I like the offense that they run. It's similar to what Florida did. I think it would be a great fit for me. I think I'm a good slot receiver that could fit into that offense. Coach [Ron] Dugans was telling me about the receivers they have and what he needs to bring in. He said he needs some players to come in and play right away. That is very important to me."
After visiting Louisville Friday, Belton drove north to check out Cincinnati and new coach Butch Jones' program Saturday.
"Cincinnati was great, I loved it there," Belton said. "I loved both of the visits. Belton said he likes Cincinnati's offense. "There's an opportunity there too," said Belton. "I love the offense that they run."
With so many similarities between the two programs – both are in the same conference and have first-year coaches – Belton said it was hard to differentiate between the two schools.
"It's hard to compare both schools," Belton said. "They're both so good. What one has the other has too. They're both great schools. I don't have a leader yet but I really did enjoy those two [visits]."
This spring, Belton has visited Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati and plans to check out a few more schools, including Maryland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Belton is a top Big East target and holds offers from virtually every program in the conference.
"I'm definitely interested in the Big East," Belton said. "The Big East is no slouch."
Though Belton played quarterback as a junior, throwing for 2,200 yards and 15 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,000 yards and 15 scores, most schools are recruiting him as a either a running back or receiver. Belton said he doesn't plan to make a decision until after taking his official visits next fall.
"I think I'm going to wait it out and take all my visits then make a decision," Belton said. "Right now I'm just doing unofficial visits to see how every is. I want to go somewhere and get my degree and be successful in the classroom and on the field. And I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable. I definitely felt comfortable at Louisville and Cincinnati."