Back in June, four-star athlete Bill Belton of Atco (N.J.) Winslow Township became another important part of an impressive recruiting class at Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, after dealing with the coaching change at Pitt for a week, Belton decided to de-commit and reopen his recruitment.
"I told the coaches at Pitt today," said Belton. "Pitt could still be in the picture for me. If the new coach comes in and keeps the entire staff then I'll look at them. But really, I committed to Pitt for Coach Wannstedt, and other coaches like Coach Hafley. The staff was very important in my decision."
After believing that his recruitment had been concluded for months, making a decision like the one he made today was obviously not an easy one for Belton.
"I'm disappointed because I was very excited about playing for Coach Wannstedt," said Belton. "I was excited to play in the Big East, but at this time it's better for me to take a step back from the situation and do what is best for me."
This decision has opened the door for three schools, who offered Belton back in the spring.
"I'm looking at three schools right now: West Virginia, Penn State and Cincinnati," said Belton. "West Virginia wants me as a slot receiver, Penn State wants me as a slot receiver and Cincinnati wants me as a running back."
He chose these three schools because they offer him the same thing that Pitt offered him when he first committed there.
"Pitt was recruiting me as a slot receiver and running back," said Belton. "I want to play on the offensive side of the ball and these three schools fit into what I'm looking for offensively."
The next step for Belton will be to visit each of these three programs.
"I don't have any visits scheduled yet, but I hope to schedule those soon," said Belton. "I want to visit all three soon before making my final decision."