The list of schools is getting long for 2012 Keenan High wide receiver Matrick Belton. Last year he finished his junior season with 51 receptions for 594 yards and 6 touchdowns. Belton's body of work over the summer has opened the eyes of many college coaches and that's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.
"I'm hearing from SC State, South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State, Wofford, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, The Citadel, Norfolk State, University of Albany, UNC Charlotte, Morgan State, Clark Atlanta University, Newberry, Gardner Webb, Georgia Southern, and Campbell," Belton told SCPrepNation.com.
Don't expect that list to stop growing either for the 6'4 200 pound prospect.
Belton hit the road hard and heavy this summer to attend various camps and combines and his efforts didn't go unnoticed he says. Belton talked about some of the stops he made as well some of the awards and feedback he received while competing.
"I went to the NUC top prospect camp in Atlanta and was named MVP. Then I was invited to the top prospect camp in Oklahoma and performed very well there against some of the best athletes in the country."
"I was also rated as one of the top performers at the Team USA trials held in Atlanta during May 28 – 30. There were more than 200 participants from all over the country at this event, and I was mentioned in an article as one of the top performers. I have a very good chance of making the All World team representing the USA."
Belton also says he did well at an in-state school's camp as well.
"At the University of South Carolina, I performed excellent. Steve Spurrier and Spurrier Jr. approached me personally and titled me the top performer at the camp. They also collected my information and are expecting me to come to games as a recruit this season."
Turning his attention back to recruiting Belton says he doesn't have any offers yet but he feels that a number of schools may be close to offering.
"South Carolina State, UNC Charlotte, Norfolk State, Coastal Carolina, and The Citadel I feel are close to offering and have shown me a lot of strong interest. I'd have to say that SCSU, UNC Charlotte, Wofford, Coastal Carolina, The Citadel, and Campbell are recruiting me the hardest right now."
Belton talked about what it is about his game that has helped to separate him from others in the 2012 class and what college coaches like about his play.
"I create mismatches. I'm too big, fast, and strong for cornerbacks to cover. I'm too fast and elusive for linebackers to cover. I'm also very hard to tackle and tough to jam on the line of scrimmage. I'm also tough to cover in jump ball situations. I pride myself in catching the ball over the middle and in traffic. I'm very versatile in where I can line up, I can line up at wide receiver, tight end, or slot."
Belton says he worked a great deal this summer on improving his endurance, stride, 40 time, agility, and catching the ball over the top he says.
Last year he saw plenty of different defenders but one in particular stood out to him as the toughest matchup.
"The toughest player I faced last year was Marquise Jones the cornerback from Eau Claire High School. He reacted and broke on the ball very quickly."
A state championship is what he's working for with his teammates he says and he also told us what some of his personal goals are for his senior season too.
"I will lead the team to the state championship. Receive a full scholarship, and be invited to a post season all star team. I expect to have more than 1,200 yards receiving, and about 12 touchdowns on offense. On defense I expect to have more 40 tackles, 5 sacks, and cause about 3 fumbles. I really want to have a major impact on the game both offensively and defensively this season."
The drive to succeed is something that has helped Belton's confidence. He's also been working out with a former NFL player who has been keeping him on his toes.
"Samkon Gado, the former running back for the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, and Miami Dolphins. I workout with him personally and he is a great role model on and off the field. During our workouts together we really push each other to get better, and competing with him lets me know that I am ready to compete on the next level."
There aren't any visits planned yet for Belton but he says he fully expects to make some official visits later this season. He also told us what he'll be factoring heavily when looking at schools.
"My first priority is education. Then I look into early playing time and style of play. However, I am looking for the best opportunity for me as a student and athlete."
Belton reports a 3.35 GPA in the classroom currently and scored a 970 on the SAT in his first try but plans on retaking it this fall. He says he'd like to major in broadcast journalism in college.
SCPrepNation.com will continue to bring you updates with Matrick Belton and other top high school football and basketball prospects here in the Palmetto State so keep it locked right here!
6'4 WIDE RECEIVER MATRICK BELTON