It was a successful junior season for 2015 Blythewood linebacker Hassan Belton. Pairing with Clemson signee Jalen Williams the duo was one of the state's most feared linebacker duos. With big time numbers and good size at 6'1 210 pounds Belton is starting to generate some interest for himself in the recruiting ranks. He sat down with SCPrepNation.com to talk about his junior season, recruitment, and both recent and upcoming visits.
"I finished this season with 144 tackles, 7 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 13 hurries, and 4 forced fumbles."
Those numbers earned Belton quite a few awards this season and he shared those with us.
"I won defensive player of the week twice and I hold the school record for most tackles in a season (144) and also most tackles in a game (24)."
Belton talked about that record breaking game and gave us the details.
"We were playing Spring Valley and we were the top two teams in the region, so it had a playoff like atmosphere to be the number one team. They were a run heavy team so I knew that I would have to be ready because they have a great run game but I knew that I had a pretty good game. I didn't realize that I had that many tackles. I found out Sunday when we went in to watch film. The only thing that would've made it better is if we would have won the game."
Right now Belton is starting to hear from a variety of schools and he shared that list with us.
"I'm hearing from UNC Charlotte, Duke, Georgia, Clemson, and Wake Forest. Right now I would say that UNC Charlotte is recruiting me the hardest. I am planning to attend their Junior Day this weekend and hopefully I get an offer."
This past weekend Belton attended Junior Day at Georgia and the talked about his experience in Athens.
"I've been to Georgia before and went there for a game visit this year when they played North Texas and I love it."
"I was talking to coach Ekeler mostly. He is the new linebacker coach and he said he likes me a lot since he is just getting there he will evaluate me more. Hopefully I get an offer from them."
So what was the best part of the trip to Athens for Belton?
"I would have to say when we had our position meeting and Coach Ekeler went over their keys to being a linebacker and watched film. He really taught me a lot in a short period of time and I appreciated that."
Belton while in Georgia participated in The Elite Talent Football Academy Showcase event. The 2015 prospect fared pretty well against some of the top prospects from Georgia too apparently.
"I won the linebacker MVP at the Showcase. There were a lot of good players from Georgia there. I didn't know many of them personally because I'm an out of state player but there were a lot of high ranked player I heard and it felt good to bring the linebacker MVP award back to South Carolina."
"I tried to show out as best I could. I think I did best at showing my speed and athleticism keeping up with the fast running backs coming out of the backfield."
Talking with Belton he broke down where his strengths and areas for improvement are in order to take his game to the next level.
"I would say that I'm a very instinctive linebacker. I may not be the biggest or the strongest but I can outsmart my opponent and I'm a true student of the game."
"To get better I think that I have to improve on my speed and strength to prepare me for the D1 level."
With a visit already to Georgia and one coming up to Charlotte this weekend what other schools is Belton wanting to hear more from soon?
Asked to compare his game to that of another player Belton said Luke Kuechley of the Carolina Panthers because "he has great instincts, is a great leader, and can just find the ball."
The 2015 prospect reports a 3.3 GPA and says he scored a 870 on the two-part SAT. He also talked with us about what he'll look at closely when considering his college destination.
"I'm looking for a school that I feel most comfortable at, if football doesn't work out then I will have a good education and somewhere that has a great football tradition and program."
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...HASSAN BELTON
Bench press: 315 pounds
Squat: 405 pounds
Power clean: 285 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.6 seconds