USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford has taken two commitments for his position this month. If he decides to take a third, one prospect he likes is OT Anthony Belton (6-6 320), a native of Tallahassee who is going into his second season at Georgia Military JC. Wolford offered Belton about two weeks ago, but the two have been in conversation for several months. Belton had a feeling the offer would come and was happy to get it.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Wolf since December, January and I’ve gotten the chance to build that relationship with him,” Belton said. “When he offered me, I was really excited. I trusted him throughout the whole process and he reminded me to stay patient and to keep working and do what I’m doing.”
Size is what really stands out about Belton, and that’s a good place to start when developing an offensive lineman. But he also knows from talking with Wolford and other coaches, he’s got more to his game than just size.
“He really likes my ability to move because I’m a big guy,” Belton said. “My footwork, my speed, just my size in general. He feels like I have a lot of potential and I have a lot of room to grow. He feels like he can help me grow and become that player that I need to be to be dominant. My coaches felt like I played good (last season), but they definitely feel like I’m a great player and I have a bunch of room to grow, there’s always room for improvement. It’s always my size and ability to move that stand out.”
Belton said USC and TCU are standing out the most to him at this point, and he wants to visit both before making a decision. He also has offers from West Virginia, East Carolina, FAU and several lower division programs.
“South Carolina is a great school, and they play the best of the best almost every week,” Belton said. “I feel like South Carolina is a good school overall. They are defintely a top school.”
Right now Belton is set to be a February graduate but he said he plans to look into taking more of an academic load in the Fall in the hopes of being able to graduate in December.