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May 7, 2010

Belton ranks his spring visits

After returning from another unofficial visit this week Bill Belton checked in with BCR. Pressed about his favorite spring visits Belton settled on three.

"That is tough," said Belton. "I would say West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville."

Belton traveled to the Midwest in early April as reported on BCR. His impressions of UC and the Ville were clearly memorable.

"That weekend went great for me," said Belton. "It was great. They had an intrasquad scrimmage."

At the time Belton cited the offense and intensity as the best aspects of the UC program.

The frequent travelling of Belton did affect his athletic dominance somewhat.

"I am done running track," said Belton. "All the visits I was taking. I had to stop to do these visits."

His summer travel plans might include a vacation to the sunshine of Florida.

Belton picked up a monster offer this week from Florida. His coach told him midweek that he is now being offered by the exceptional outfit of recruiters. There are several other players that have offers from both Florida and Cincinnati this year.

Joel Hale of Center Grove High School, just south of Indianapolis, tailored his family's spring break vacation around the Florida visit.

Florida kept De'Ante Saunders home, but both UC and UF missed on Hasean Clinton-Dix. Florida is similar to Cincinnati in that it has an exceptional natural recruiting base. Many incredible athletes come out of the state of Florida.

Ohio has several superstars that Florida covets too. Braxton Miller and Trey DePriest are the two Ohio-based 2011's offered by the Gators.

Florida and Cincinnati might also battle for Kiaro Holts and Trip Thurman. The two lineman have at least moderate interest in both programs. The Indy-native Holts has even been on Cincinnati's campus, which gives them a slight edge in exposure when pitted against UF.

It must be mentioned that Belton stars for the same high school Cincinnati CB Reuben Johnson hails from. Before his knee injury Johnson was in line for a starting cornerback spot for the Cats.

While the recruiting process can be taxing on players Belton is handling it all with impressive poise. Poise that is to be expected of a quarterback.

"I don't feel pressure," said Belton. "I just feel like I am wanted a whole lot. I don't feel any pressure at all."

The University of Cincinnati coaching staff has made some wise offers to receivers in the last couple months. By bringing in Kenbrell Thompkins and moving Marcus Barnett back to WR it is clear Coach Butch Jones places a high priority on receivers. His offense requires playmakers and the assistants are looking to deliver with Bill Belton.


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