GLEN ST. MARY – Near the top of the state of Florida there is a very talented junior wide receiver. His name is Wesley Belford.
Belford, a 6’0″, 165-pounder led Baker County High in catches (23), yards (321) while finishing second in touchdowns (3) as a sophomore. The Wildcats finished 6-5 and missed the playoffs. For Belford, he says he had to get a feel for varsity football and as the season progressed it became easier for him.
Baker County went 10-12 over the last two years under head coach Tom MacPherson, failing to make the postseason in both 2014 and 2015. Now, the Wildcats are run by Jamie Rodgers, the former head coach of Suwanee the last four seasons. With Rodgers in charge, Belford is expecting big things from his group.
“I say this is the year because we beat the toughest team on the schedule before we get to the playoffs,” he told Prep Sports Scouting. “For me personally advancing far would make me go even harder the next year.”
The team Belford was referring to above was St. Augustine, who they beat 23-21 in their road season opener two weeks ago. He said his team’s ability to take away St. Augustine’s deep balls is the reason they won.
In terms of what has changed under Rodgers’ command, Belford said the spread offense is still intact, but the coaching staff is much harder on the team.
“Playing under him is a pleasure,” said Belford about playing for Rodgers. “He pushes me every day on and off the field.”
On top of his duties as a starting wide receiver, Belford is a reserve cornerback, a position he’s played his whole life.
He started his football career at age 12 playing both running back and cornerback. He says he found his confidence the summer before his sophomore season.
Belford also plays point guard for Baker County basketball. He says playing both sports helps with his jumping ability.
As for his biggest strengths, he pointed to his route running and blocking ability. He wants to improve on falling apart less overall.
Belford has one offer currently from Alcorn State. He has also drawn interest from North Carolina State, Georgia, North Texas, Lehigh and Trine.
His biggest role model is former NFL receiver Percy Harvin. He says that because Florida is his dream college and the Minnesota Vikings, Harvin’s first team are Belford’s favorite team.
Belford’s ultimate goal is simple, “make it to college and succeed.” He isn’t think about anything beyond that just yet.
In Class 5A, Baker County is on the rise and with Belford improving each and every day that will do wonders for this program. The upset win over St. Augustine is just the start for this team.
Wesley Belford is an unknown to some, but he shouldn’t be anymore. The secret is out, this kid can flat out play. Expect this speedy and lengthy target to step his game up this season.
Favorite players to watch – Alabama WR Calvin Ridley
Playlist before games – 21 Savage (Lit, No Heart)
Favorite movie – Friday
Favorite TV show – ESPN
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “I can be funny at times.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Blade”
Game film: Belford’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.
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