Belton Talks Recruiting, Rutgers and more

Rutgers was one of the first schools to offer Winslow Township (Atco, N.J.) receiver Bill Belton a scholarship, and since then many others have followed. In his latest interview, Belton gives an update on his recruitment, what has surprised him the most, and talks about how he views his home state school.

Winslow Township (Atco, N.J.) four-star receiver Bill Belton said he always believed he was the best player on the field, but the way his recruitment has exploded is catching him by surprise.

Rutgers got in early and offered Belton in January, and since then a host of other schools followed suit on the 5-foot-10, 198-pounder. The latest trio of offers came from Oregon, Wisconsin and Florida.

"Personally, I think they're all great schools,'' Belton said. "Oregon is a great program, has great fans, the Pac-10. Florida, they've been one of the best teams the last couple of years, so those offers are great.''

Belton said he is planning a to visit Vanderbilt, South Carolina and "possibly" Florida in the coming months.

"I want to see as many schools as I can right now so I can so I can have five or six schools that I want to sit down and look at,'' said Belton, who claims no leaders. "It's all over the board. Everybody has been contacting me and staying in touch.''

Belton is also being recruited hard by Rutgers, which has invited him to campus the first weekend of June.

"They came down to the school and I talked to (receivers) coach (P.J.) Fleck,'' Belton said. "They've been in contact. They asked me to come up, but I'm not too sure (about making it) right now.''

So, what are Belton's feelings about Rutgers?

"Right now, everybody is the same,'' he said. "I'm just looking at everybody. I haven't narrowed it down at all.''

One of the things that could help Belton is Rutgers' ability to send receivers to the NFL. Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood were rookies last season, and Tim Brown signed a free agent deal with Giants last month.

Belton said assistant coaches have been through Winslow Township High on a daily basis, and he is constantly being contacted by programs.

With dozens of offers, the process can be hectic and draining.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I've been dreaming about it my whole life and I'm just having fun with it,'' Belton said. "You get to meet a lot of coaches. I'm just enjoying all of it. Just being honored as an elite athlete, growing up hearing about it, I don't know how to explain it …it's very (humbling) for me.

"I always thought I was good. I always thought I was the best player, but I didn't think I would be receiving most of the attention I'm getting now.''


Scarlet Report Top Stories