Penn State's furious rally in recruiting continues as national signing day quickly approaches. Tonight the Nittany Lions got a verbal commitment from Bill Belton out of Winslow Township H.S. in Atco, NJ.
"I committed to Penn State about a half-hour ago," Belton told Lions247.com. "The main thing was coach (Mike) McQueary. He's a great guy and he's a guy that I wouldn't mind playing for."
Belton committed to McQueary during an in-home visit Monday evening, days before he was to visit West Virginia.
Belton was long considered a lean to West Virginia and never really appeared on Penn State's radar. But recent shakeups with the West Virginia staff put doubts in his head and he started looking around. So Mike McQueary swooped in a few weeks ago and got his foot in the door.
Belton stands 5'10" tall and weighs 190 lbs. He plays quarterback in high school, but most experts project him to play slot receiver in college. He rushed from the quarterback position for 1192 yards as a junior and 1003 yards as a senior. He played receiver as a sophomore and had 707 receiving yards with 8 touchdowns. Scout and Rivals each rank him a four star prospect. Scout considers Belton to be the #13 receiver in the country while Rivals ranks him #25.
Belton had a stellar offer list that included West Virginia, Cincinnati, Boston College, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, and Wisconsin among others.
From what I've seen on film, Belton is an explosive runner with nifty moves and a smooth running motion once he gets up to speed. See for yourself.
Belton is Penn State's 13th verbal commitment for the class of 2011. He is the second wide receiver in this class joining Matt Zanellato. The two of them should provide a pretty good inside-outside game that could give defenses a lot of fits. This small class that was looking like such a disaster just two months ago is coming together quite nicely now.