Bill Belton was a wanted man. Pitt recruits well, but is many times beaten out by more prominent schools. But in the case of Belton, they were able to land one of the better athletes available for 2011. His coach was one of those who last year noted that he would be a prized recruit:
"He’ll be one of those big recruits. He’ll be in that type of water,’’ McBride said. "People will come from all over.And opposing coaches also are impressed:
"The possibilities are endless, and he’s a great kid. He’s very unassuming, very humble. I’ve been around a long time. The great ones are real unassuming. They run around and practice like any other kid. But he is as good as I’ve been around.’’
After watching Belton rush for two scores and throw for another in a 48-42 win over his Renegades, Gushue said: "He’s a high school Michael Vick. It was a frustrating day for me, I was so impressed. He could take off the rest of the season, not play next year, and some college would still give him a scholarship. That’s how impressed I was.’’
Belton is also a four-star recruit as rated by ESPN.com and is currently an ESPNU 150 recruit (must be an insider to view) as of the latest update today.
Then comes the tricky decision of position. Pitt is pretty well off at QB next year with Tino Sunseri, Mark Myers, new recruit Gary Nova, and potentially Anthony Gonzalez. He could also play corner, but the bet here is that it will be wide receiver. With the potential loss of Jonathan Baldwin to the NFL Draft next year, Belton could fit in nicely there. This blogger also projects him there as well.
Wherever he lands, this appears to be a strong 'get' for Pitt.