Kyle Belack’s first college offer may turn out to be the only one he needed.
The now-Myrtle Beach receiver verbally committed to Marshall on Wednesday, two days after the Thundering Herd coaching staff offered him a scholarship. The move won’t be binding until Belack signs his National Letter of Intent next February.
However, he was ready to make his decision known.
“I love Marshall, and that’s the end of the story,” Belack said. “I’ve been talking to Marshall for a long time. The first Division-I offer came from the guy who took the time to evaluate your film.”
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Belack said the conversation between him and the Herd’s coaches began while he was a sophomore at Carolina Forest.
Last fall as a Panther junior, Belack broke the school’s all-time single-season receiver record by about 200 yards. He finished the season with 61 receptions, 1,067 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 17.5 yards per catch. The yardage and touchdowns led the Grand Strand.
At the semester break, he transferred to Myrtle Beach after a short relocation inside city limits. He joined a Seahawk team that he helped beat last September when he piled up 173 yards in a 41-35 Carolina Forest victory. Joining the defending Class AAA state champions was expected to help his recruiting chances, if for no other reason than visibility.
He didn’t have to play a game, though, to start getting offers.
Marshall did just that Monday while he was on campus, and a day later while meeting with coaches at the University of Ohio, the Bobcats did the same.
“We had a really long talk,” Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said. “I think the biggest thing with him is I didn’t want him to make a decision based on emotion. You can go up there and fall in love with a place.”
Wilson expects some bigger schools to eventually come calling, but nobody has “come close” to making an offer. Even if they do, larger programs don’t have what Marshall does.
Belack’s former Carolina Forest teammate Ryan Yurachek will be a true freshman there this fall and is already on campus. Belack also knows former Myrtle Beach defensive back Chocolate Wilson – who signed with the Herd in 2013 as a partial qualifier – and had dinner with him on Monday evening.
The current Seahawk said the aforementioned players weren’t too pushy.
“He’s not trying to pitch you, because he wants me to do whatever’s best for me,” Belack said. “But they told me about the campus and the fans. [Wilson] said his first college game day, it felt like he was at the University of Florida.”