Winslow star talks Rutgers offer

Winslow High of Acto (N.J.) athlete Bill Belton picked up a verbal offer from Rutgers during Junior Day, and should get the written version in the next day or so. Belton talked about his offer, what he learned during his latest visit to Piscataway and the recruiting process. He also gives insight as to what schools are pursuing him, and what other junior days he may attend.

A few of the players who received verbal offers during Rutgers' Junior Day mentioned they were caught by surprise, but Bill Belton of Winslow High (Acto, N.J.) was tipped off to what might happen.

So, when the coaching staff told him a written offer would be sent Monday, Belton exhaled and smiled inside.

"I was not too surprised by it because my coach was mentioning I might get one,'' Belton said. "It was a sigh of relief, really. I was waiting for an offer from Rutgers. I was wondering when I was going to get it.''

The 5-foot-10, 198-pound Belton should receive the written version Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime, he talked about Junior Day, and what he got out of it.

"Not only did I learn more about the football program, I learned about the academic side of Rutgers,'' Belton said. "I enjoyed myself up there and my family did, too. They loved it up there. It was a great time overall.

"I knew about the football program a little bit, but I learned a lot more about the academic side. The football program, it's not all about football. It's more about academics.''

It was Belton's third trip to Rutgers in five months. He attended the season-opening game against Cincinnati and also stopped by a bowl practice.

The Scarlet Knights also know plenty about Belton since the coaching staff saw him while scouting current Rutgers freshman linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud, who also starred at Winslow.

Glaud excelled on defense and quarterback for Winslow, and when he left Belton moved from receiver to quarterback on offense.

The transition was smooth statistically as Belton threw for 2,200 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. Schools are recruiting him to play a variety of positions, from cornerback to slot receiver to running back.

"Some say defensive back, some teams say a slot (receiver) or a running back,'' Belton said. "I'll play where ever. I played slot my sophomore year, so I would say I'm more comfortable playing slot receiver.''

Belton has a written offer from Louisville and verbals from Maryland, South Florida and Rutgers. He also is hearing from Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and West Virginia, and he plans on attending junior days at Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.


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