Belknap Showcases Skills at Gopher Camp

With plenty of talent at last week's series of Golden Gopher camps, there was no shortage of Division 1 recruits in the Twin Cities. One player who really performed well was Menasha (Wis.) High School running back, Caleb Belknap. Belknap holds two offers right now and is hoping his camp performance will help lead to an offer from the Maroon and Gold.

Belknap is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound back out of eastern Wisconsin. Already a big, strong player in high school, he had no trouble putting up spectacular numbers during his junior year. He set school records with 1588 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 215 carries.

This success on the field has led to a number of camps for Belknap this summer.

"Well, I went to NIU (Northern Illinois) and Air Force and then Minnesota," he said. "I still have to go to Michigan State on July 11th."

His most recent camp visit was at the Gibson-Nagurski Complex with the Golden Gophers.

"Well to be completely honest I think I tried too hard," he said. "I love it there and all the coaching staff so I gave it my all at camp but didn't give myself any breaks. I was the only running back going hard 1-on-1 with Coach Anderson trying to show what I could do but by the end of camp I was burnt out."

Belknap's combine scores at Minnesota were very solid.

"I think I ran a 4.79 40, a 4.22 shuttle and a 9'5 broad jump and I benched 225 pounds six times," said Belknap.

With a strong performance in front of the Minnesota staff, Belknap will stay in contact with the Gophers this fall.

"They said they would watch me throughout my senior year so I guess I'm ok with that," said Belknap of the Gopher coaching staff.

Along with interest from Minnesota, Belknap has been receiving attention from other schools around the country.

"Well I get a ton of interest from a lot of the Ivy League schools and D-2 schools but I also get a lot from the MAC schools," he said. "I already have an offer from Mankato and Air Force. The problem is all these schools want me to go to camp and they are all so far away."

The contact with great academic institutions who also excel in football can be attributed to the type of player and person Belknap is.

"I can bring a big back who is quick on his feet but also a guy who's going to go 100 percent all the time on and off the field," he said.

"I work as hard as I can in the weight room and I'm not much of an outspoken leader as I am one who leads by example."

"I'm good in the classroom too with a 3.78 GPA with honors classes and stuff like that so I don't think any coaches would have to worry about me slacking there."


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