NCF On The Trail: sojourn shelton

#AskLoogs: Badgers courting speed

October, 15, 2013
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Well, I visited with Gary Andersen earlier this fall and I know for a fact he wants to improve team speed and skill across the board, most notably at wide receiver, defensive back and linebacker. Andersen and his staff they are still getting a feel for their current roster, the recruiting pool of the Midwest, how the program is viewed outside of the Midwest by prospects and what their capabilities are. Wisconsin certainly doesn’t want to abandon what has made them special, but rather add to it with some more explosiveness and likely more athleticism under center, too.

One of the unknown variables is how they will perform in recruiting outside of their base. Don’t get too caught up in stars and how highly ranked the players are. As you know as a Wisconsin fan, this hasn’t been a problem before. Expect Texas, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida to be mined as a supplement to the Midwest. Don’t be surprised if Wisconsin is willing to give up an inch or two for a prospect here and there if he adds speed. This is the case with current freshman starting cornerback Sojourn Shelton.
While Charlie Partridge’s decision to leave Wisconsin and join Bret Bielema at Arkansas didn’t make big headlines this weekend, it was big recruiting news for prospects in South Florida.

Partridge, who will become Arkansas’ defensive line coach, was an ace recruiter for Wisconsin in the South Florida area where he delivered prospects like former Big Ten Freshman of the Year James White and most recently four-star defensive back Sojourn Shelton (Plantation, Fla./Plantation).

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior admitted he was upset to hear of Partridge’s departure.

Weekend Rewind: Midwest 

December, 17, 2012
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This past weekend was the last few days before the dead period, which will run until the New Year, and the weekend came with some big news for some of the Midwest's biggest programs.

Here is a look at some of the news to come from the weekend.

  • Michigan added two commitments, including one from David Dawson, a former Michigan commit. The momentum swung in the Wolverines' favor once again a few weeks ago when Brady Hoke offered the ESPN 150 offensive lineman for the second time. Michigan also added Dawson's Detroit Cass Tech teammate Delano Hill, a former Iowa commit.
  • Ohio State did not host any big visitors, but the Buckeyes got some good news. ESPN 150 linebackers Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell announced they will commit in early January, and the Buckeyes are in a good position to land both.

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In-home eases Shelton's concerns 

December, 4, 2012
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Four-star cornerback Sojourn Shelton noticed Charlie Partridge's phone kept going off, but Partridge paid no attention to it as the two were meeting at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Plantation.

Once Partridge left, that's when both parties found out the news Bret Bielema was leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas.

"We noticed his phone kept lighting up, but he was with me so he didn't pay attention to it," Shelton said Tuesday night. "We walked to the front office, he went his way to his car, and I checked Twitter and someone retweeted something about Coach Bielema leaving. I was thinking maybe it was a rumor. So I clicked on a couple profiles and saw it was true.

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Weekly Recruiting Roundup 

October, 12, 2012
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ACC
North Carolina State
Kyrin Priester WR Snellville, GA, Brookwood
HT: 6-1 WT: 181
Position Rank: #19 WR

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Wisconsin is currently near the bottom of the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense and really needed to focus on bringing in a good cornerback class to build for the future. The Badgers went into Florida, where they have had success before at the position, for one of the quicker cover guys in the state.

Sojourn Shelton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) may be small and we do question his ability to set the edge versus some of the more prominent Big Ten rushing teams, but as more offenses are utilizing versions of the spread set, there is a need for pure cover guys. Shelton has great foot-speed and transitional skills and may be the ideal coverage Nickel for the Badgers who can play over the slot with his space quickness, fluid hips and change-of-direction movements. He does a really good job in off-man coverages mirroring a receiver tightly off the line and out of his breaks with the closing burst to decrease separation quickly.

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CB Sojourn Shelton picks Wisconsin 

October, 10, 2012
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Four-star cornerback Sojourn Shelton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation), a one-time Florida State verbal, is now set to play in the Big Ten for Wisconsin, multiple sources report.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Shelton broke the news by changing his name on his Twitter account to "Badger Boy" and posted, "Committed To The University Of Wisconsin #OnWisconsin."

Shelton, who made an official visit to Wisconsin for the weekend of Aug. 31, later told the Sun-Sentinel in a text message, "It was the right time. [Wisconsin] feels like home. I'm ready to end the recruiting and focus on the rest of the season and school."

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Future is bright for Big Ten 

September, 10, 2012
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Saturday was hardly a banner day for the Big Ten.

But the conference could be raising some banners in the near future with the strong recruiting classes many of the league’s programs are putting together.

The best of the Big Ten’s 2013 recruiting classes belongs to Michigan right now. ESPN 150 quarterback Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) is the future of the program and is the kind of pro-style quarterback Brady Hoke needs for his offense. Morris won’t have to worry much about protection either once he arrives in Ann Arbor, as the Wolverines have five offensive line commitments -- and all five are in the ESPN 150.

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Four-star defensive back Sojourn Shelton (Plantation, Fla./Plantation) will take an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend with his father.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound senior previously said that Wisconsin stood out as a favorite, but he doesn't expect to make a commitment on this trip.

"I don't plan on making a commitment; my goal is to at least take a couple of official visits first," Shelton said. "I committed early before with Florida State and that didn't work out, so I'm going to try to stay patient. No one is going to make up my mind for me."

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Wide receiver Dionte Taylor (Davie, Fla./University School) was proud to help represent the state of Florida in Sunday's 33-14 victory over Trotwood (Ohio) Madison.

Now Taylor, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, says the expectations for University School have been raised even higher.

"It was a lot of fun to play on national television and know that so many people were watching us," Taylor said. "I think we were the only team in Florida to play outside the state last weekend, so it was good to represent.

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Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) has committed to Florida State over finalist Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon.

In a year when the Seminoles need two to three defensive ends, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound four-star ESPN 300 prospect becomes the first.

"The reason I chose Florida State is because I felt that they gave me the best opportunity to make it to the [National Football] League,” Bellamy said. “I am not just saying that that is the most important thing, but a lot of people throw around the Vanderbilt education and stuff, but you can't really compare their education to any other BCS school. Florida State's education isn't so bad either. I think if you get that degree, you can still do a lot with it.

"I wanted to wait to make this decision on the 11th so I could get some recognition to my teammates and the program. I feel like all my hard work has paid off. When you walk into Florida State with all their legendary players, legendary defensive ends. I feel like all my hard work has paid off when a school like that offers me a scholarship. I am real excited to do this because I feel like I am one step closer to my dream and I am ready to make it happen."

Playing time did cross Bellamy's mind once or twice. With a loaded haul at the defensive end position in 2012, he understood there would be competition.

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Rumors have swirled recently that Sojourn Shelton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) wasn't completely firm in his commitment to Florida State.

On Tuesday, the four-star defensive back decided to completely open things up.

"I honestly feel like -- with the recruiting and everything, with respect to the Florida State staff -- I have been committed there for a year and you kind of make a pact with these guys because they are going to be your coaches for a while," he began to explain. "I just feel like, with me, I am graduating early and enrolling in January, so I kind of want to make sure it is the best decision that I can make because you can't get that decision back.

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Florida prospects talk about Urban Meyer 

November, 29, 2011
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We asked several of Florida's top prospects and underclassmen -- including ESPNU Watch List players, plus other highly regarded prospects from the Classes of 2013 and 2014 -- their thoughts on Urban Meyer’s return to coaching and if any of them would consider Ohio State if the Buckeyes reached out to them now.

ESPNU 150 WR Latroy Pittman, Citra North Marion (Florida commit): “I am not sure how I feel about [this situation] or what I would do if they contacted me.”

Four-star DB T.J. Davis, Tallahassee Godby (Auburn commit): “I think it’s a great move for Coach Meyer, but I’m AU all the way!”

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