Is Belton nearing a decision?

There have been rumblings Winslow Township (Atco, N.J.) receiver Bill Belton could be close to making a decision. During his appearance at the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, Belton talked about what is going on with his recruitment, and whether he was close to making a decision. He also discusses Rutgers, and a few of the other schools he has visited.

PISCATAWAY -- As Rutgers awaits the initial commitment of its 2011 class, there was a strong undercurrent in recruiting circles Winslow Township (Atco, N.J.) receiver Bill Belton could be the first member.

Belton acknowledged he heard those rumblings, but added he is not yet ready to make a decision.

"A lot of people were talking about it, and I was talking to (Rutgers assistant) coach (Robb) Smith and he wants me to commit here,'' Belton said. "But I'm just taking it all in and weighing my options.''

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Belton, who received a Rutgers offer in mid January, said he likes the Scarlet Knights. He was on campus during the weekend for the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics.

He attended junior day, communicates regularly with new receivers coach P.J. Fleck and several other members of the Rutgers staff, and plans on attending a spring practice to learn even more about the program.

"I talk to them all the time,'' Belton said. "I talk to the new receivers coach. He's an energizer guy. I like a coach like that. We're building a relationship and I'm getting to know him.''

Belton recently picked up an offer from Purdue, bringing his total to seven, and he is getting strong interest from Oregon. The other schools to offer him are Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Pittsburgh, Maryland and South Florida.

"I want to be somewhere I feel at home and has a good family atmosphere and the coaches are honest,'' Belton said. "I want to play for someone I trust.''

Belton attended Maryland's game last season against Florida State and experienced the game-day atmosphere, but said he wasn't able to see much more at the school. His cousin, Clay Belton, just transferred from Miami, Ohio, to Maryland.

"It would be nice to play with a family member,'' said Belton, who added that would be a determining factor.

A year ago Belton attended Penn State's spring game, and this offseason he will try to get to Ohio State, Oregon and North Carolina.

"Penn State was a great atmosphere,'' he said. "They've got great situation up there. I didn't get to see everything because I just went for the spring game, but hopefully I can get back up there and see all that stuff.

"I'd like to go visit Ohio State, although I didn't get an offer yet, because I have a lot of family out in Ohio. I'd like to go down to North Carolina, and hopefully I can go out to Oregon and see what that's like.''


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