Penn State Recruiting: WR Bill Belton


Penn State has picked up it’s 14th commitment for the 2011, and it is a huge pickup.  Bill Belton, 5’9 190 WR, has committed to Penn State over West Virginia.  Belton was a Pitt commitment, but after the firing of Dave Wanstedt, he re-opened his recruitment.

Back in the beginning of his recruitment (April-May), he did have Penn State in his Top 10.  Shortly there after though, he committed to Pitt so that is why we have heard so little about him the past few months.  Also, his recruiter back then was Coach Vanderlinden.  Who, I guess, wasn’t getting the type of connection we needed.  This time around, we went with Coach McQueary, who will also be his position coach at Penn State (More then likely).  Belton admitted, the reason he committed to Penn State last night was because he likes Big Red so much.  Either way, Belton is a great pickup.  In my opinion, a “game changer” at Slot WR.

Bill Belton – 5’9 190 WR

Strengths

  • Shiftiness – Belton can cut on a dime.  He isn’t fast like a Deon Butler or Alex Kenney, but what he lacks in speed, he makes up for in the “wiggle” department.
  • Build – If needed, he could come in and play right away because he already has the body.  He’s very thick, and thus, tough to bring down.  Really, he is built like a RB.  Actually, I believe Pitt was planning on playing him at RB, but don’t take my word on that.  Either way, if we absolutely needed him for RB, we could probably play him there.

Negatives

  • Speed – Now, this isn’t so much a “negative”, as it is more of a “caution”.  He still has good speed, but he isn’t a burner.  Like I said though, he is very shifty, and that helps hide his lack of elite speed.

Like I always say after my review.  I’m sure there are more “Strengths”, and I’m sure there are more “Negatives”.  I’m not a scout, quite frankly, I’m far from it.  So my word isn’t Gospel (As much as I wish it was).

Belton could also play the Hero (Believe that is Astorino’s position, I always get mixed up with the safety spots since PSU has them backwards IMO), but it is believe he would only play there for depth purposes early on in his career.  Also, Belton is a decent QB.  Not a BCS QB, but he could be a nice player to use in the gadget plays.

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