Terp's Recruiting Target…Antonio Belt

2010 prospect Antonio Belt from Forestville Military Academy in Forestville, MD is a jack of all trades on the field. The three-star wide receiver is the type of athlete Maryland needs on their roster.

Antonio Belt is a do what it takes kind of player. He has good height at 6'1" but is thin at maybe 170 lbs. Don't be fooled by his wiry frame because he is all day tough. Belt is a versatile athlete with great open field moves. He is a physical player that uses his body to make plays in traffic. He will need to gain strength in college but his toughness overcomes that right now. Belt plays both ways and often lines up as quarterback on offense. Although he drops back and throws the ball sometimes in high school he will find his way on the next level as wide receiver or defensive back. On offense he will go up and fight for the ball in the air. He has very good hands. He has good speed and can make defenders miss. He is a solid route runner but relies more on his athleticism to get open in high school. On defense if he can't get there for the interception get ready to be hit. Belt has the defensive attitude that you need out on an island against top athletes on offense. He is considered to have a big upside and as he hones his skills at a particular position in college that potential will be realized.

Maryland offered Belt in his junior year. He received All-State and All-County recognition. He received those honors as a wide receiver. This year he is playing a few different positions for his high school. On offense he has passed for over 300 yards, rushed for over 200 yards and has over 300 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns combined. He excels as a punt returner as well. On defense he has over 50 tackles with 3 interceptions and 8 passes broken up. He is one of the most versatile athletes in the state and few teams rely on a player to do more for their team.

Belt really likes Maryland and has been there many times for games. The campus is just minutes form his house. He likes the staff and the players. Belt won't have eye popping stats when the season is over but he excels at several positions which few players can do at even the high school level. Maryland offered him as a wide receiver and returner. Belt is in position to receive more offers but Maryland is in good shape with Belt. You can never have enough versatility and Belt offers the Terps a player that can help them on special teams right away. He will need to develop his route running skills and spend time in the weight room. Belt will see his way on special teams immediately and should be a standout there for a year or two and then will be a nice number two or three wide receiver in his last couple years.

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