Class of 2016 QB Jon Randall Belton Update

West Monroe (LA) High School class of 2016 quarterback Jon Randall Belton talks about camping at Mississippi State.

  • Name: Jon Randall Belton
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: West Monroe (LA) High School
  • Position: Quarterback
  • HT: WT: 6-3, 207
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Schools Of Interest: Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, TCU, Tulane, UCLA, Utah

  • "I think I did pretty good," said Belton. "But there is always room for improvement. (Mississippi State quarterback) Coach (Brian) Johnson and (Mississippi State head) Coach (Dan) Mullen liked the way I threw. But I can always throw better. But I came out here to compete, really."

    He explained why he decided to attend the Mississippi State camp.

    "Coach Johnson wanted me to come to the camp so that he could see me throw," said Belton. "So, I came out here and I think it went pretty well."

    He tried to soak in every thing that he could while at the camp.

    "I tried to learn what Coach Johnson does in his drills and see how I can get better every day," said Belton. "I wanted to see how Coach Mullen runs his offense. I liked how they did their drills and their plays. I loved it all.

    "I think that Coach Johnson could improve me as a quarterback. And not only that but also a better leader and a better person. That was the main thing that I came to find out and I found that out."

    Belton has been to Mississippi State several times prior to Saturday's camp.

    "I have been to Mississippi State about two or three games and for two or three visits," said Belton. "I like the family atmosphere. That is the most important thing. You can see the Christian part of it. I like it a lot."

    Belton has plans on attending several other camps during the next few weeks.

    "I will be at the UCLA camp at the end of this month," said Belton. "A lot of Pac-12 schools are after me. I may also visit LSU and TCU. I'm not sure about the others."

    Belton has seen his recruitment pick up the past month.

    "UCLA, Utah, Arizona State have been pretty hard on me that last couple of months," said Belton, who claims offers from Georgia Tech, TCU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Mississippi State.

    But he's not ready to name a leader among the schools recruiting him.

    "I am open to all schools," he said. "I'm not trying to just stay in the SEC, Pac-12 or Big 12. What is most comfortable for me and will make me a better person is where I will go to school."

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