Belton Enjoys Chance To Make Bus Tour

Clayton (Ohio) Northmont quarterback Clay Belton joined the Ted Ginn Bus Tour for the last 10 stops, including the final one at Ohio State. Belton reflects on his time on the road and discusses which schools have his attention at the present time. Click here for more.

Clayton (Ohio) Northmont quarterback Clay Belton was among more than 40 football prospects who participated in the recent Ted Ginn Foundation Bus Tour.

Those prospects toured a number of the top football schools in the Midwest, culminating in a final stop at Ohio State on Tuesday night.

"I picked up with them when they were at Cincinnati," Belton said. "They had been to two before that at Ball State and Marshall. This was day 12 of this tour. The arm is hanging in there, but it's been a great experience. It's been a lot of fun getting to know the guys and to make all of these stops."

Belton (6-6, 215) said he joined the bus tour for stops at Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, Iowa, Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

"The tour helped me out because the coaches say they want to see me in person as a quarterback," said Belton, who is rated as the No. 5 prospect in Ohio by Ohio High. "Making it out to these camps is a tough task. But being on this tour helped me out a lot in terms of getting looks from different colleges."

Belton said the tour allowed him to meet a lot of new friends. He enjoyed the chance to throw to Cleveland Glenville's Kyle Jefferson and Toledo Central Catholic's Dane Sanzenbacher as well.

"We talked and hooked up a lot during the course of the tour," he said. "There were a lot of guys I became friends with, too many to mention."

Belton already had offers from Cincinnati, Kansas State, Duke and Bowling Green prior to the tour.

"A bunch of them said they would get back in touch with me in about a week," he said. "It was good that they got to see me throw in person. Miami (Ohio), Wisconsin and Indiana all said they'd be getting in touch with me.

"Out of the four that have offered, I have not been to Duke or Kansas State yet. At Bowling Green, I love their coaching staff and how intense they are. I got to meet with the Cincinnati coaches. I like their facilities a lot and I also like the quarterbacks coach as well."

Belton was also hoping that Ohio State would take notice while he was at camp, although quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels is absent from the camp due to health concerns.

"I would love to be here and play for Ohio State if that opportunity presented itself," he said. "I am definitely going to try and do my best and hope they see me."

After being on the road for almost two weeks, Belton's days of traveling to camps are pretty much over.

"I've hit most of the camps now," he said. "I think I am going for one in Massillon, Ohio, that will be for Arkansas here in a couple of weeks. That may be it for me."

As a junior and first-year starter, Belton helped lead Northmont to a Division I playoff berth and an 8-3 record. He completed 191 of 330 passes (57.9 percent) for 2,700 yards with 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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