Northmont QB Belton Gives the Latest

Clayton Northmont will take on Dayton Chaminade-Julienne one week from today to kick off the 2006 campaign following an 8-3 season last year. Clay Belton, who is the top senior quarterback in the state, will be under center for the second year and hopes to carry the T-Bolts deep into the playoffs. Matt Natali caught up Belton and discussed the upcoming season, recruiting and more.

Clayton Northmont finished 8-3 last season falling to Greater Western Ohio Conference foe Centerville in the regional quarterfinals.

The T-Bolts look to improve upon the 2005 campaign this season behind 11 returning starters including quarterback Clay Belton, who is currently ranked No. 5 in the state amongst Ohio's top seniors by Ohio high magazine. Belton threw for over 2,700 yards and 30 touchdowns last year as a junior.

Northmont kicks off its season next Thursday taking on Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, and Belton has had a whirlwind summer preparing for the upcoming season.

"The big thing I went on this summer was the Ted Ginn, Sr. tour," Belton said. "We stopped at 12 colleges."

Belton also attended the Nike combine in Columbus, participated in a camp at Massillon for the University of Arkansas and attended Ohio State's and Penn State's senior camps. All this while traveling across the country playing summer basketball.

"These camps have gotten me a lot more exposure," said Belton. "Getting to work with these college coaches is an experience I hadn't gotten to do yet. But getting to do that, I learned more things and different techniques and styles and get to see what I like and which coaches I would like to play for."

Belton holds five offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Bowling Green, Kent State and Miami (Oh.)

"Right now, of the (schools) that have offered, I really like Miami (Oh.)," he said. "Through the tour and throughout the Big Ten, I really liked Wisconsin a lot. But right now I am just in the waiting process where I am going to wait and see what will come this season.

"I think I am going to make my decision in season in the fall."

Standing in at 6-6, 225 pounds, Belton said college coaches like what he brings to the field as a signal caller.

"My body size is a big asset to me and I have a really strong arm. And a lot of coaches are really surprised when they see I am this big but yet I have good footwork," he said.

Playing in Northmont's spread offense, Belton knows he will have to make some adjustments as a quarterback at the next level.

"At my school, we do a shotgun and the biggest drop we do is a three-step drop, but at a lot colleges you have a seven step drop. So, I will need to adjust to different coaching."

With Belton on the cusp of his second year under center, he hopes to carry the T-Bolts deep into playoffs.

"I want to take my team to the GWOC title and make it to the playoffs," he said. "If we do that, the individual stats will just come with it."

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