Slick's Big Adventure

Fort Smith star Slick Shelley talks aout his big day in the U.S. Army All American Bowl and also tries to clear up some of the things about his recruiting interests.

SAN ANTONIO - Fort Smith Southside wideout Slick Shelley, who caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in his West team's 35-3 win at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl here on Saturday afternoon, has heard all the rumors and just laughs them off.

Whether it's he's already committed to South Carolina and told friends that, he's actually headed to Tulsa, LSU or Tennessee or the one that says he and the University of Arkansas are not hitting it off that well.

"I like Arkansas - simple as that," Shelley said. "They are my home team and I think everybody would like for me to go up there. It's going to be a hard decision to make on whether to stay in my home state and go up there or go somewhere else. I have good feelings about Arkansas and they have recruited me hard. I think there are some people confused about that."

Shelley. who was born in Berlin, Germany, said he has firm visits set up to LSU (Jan. 21-23) and Tennessee (Jan. 28-30) and will fit both South Carolina and Arkansas in for mid-week visits.

He also is planning on setting up a home visit with Arkansas this week and has already had home visits with the other three.

"We have not had the home visit yet, but it will be set up this week and I am looking forward to it," Shelley said. "I have good feelings about Arkansas no matter what people might think."

Shelley caught four passes for 37 yards on Saturday with all of his production coming in the second quarter. His 13-yard scoring catch came from Texas commit Ryan Perrilloux, who said before the game that he was planning to "shine like new money."

"These are memories that I will never forget," Shelley said, "especially getting into the end zone and scoring on a day when there are 80 or so of the best players in the nation. That is a time to come out and prove yourself against the best. I think that's what I did and God just blessed me to let me get into the end zone."

Shelley, who caught 74 passes for 860 yards and eight touchdowns his senior season, said he can't say enough good things about the event.

"Everything was first class all the way," said Shelley, who caught 192 passes for 2,752 yards and 39 touchdowns in his high school career. "They treated us with respect and everything just went great. It's the best time I have had in a long time."

He hesitated when asked about what he could bring to a team on the college level.

"First of all, I don't actually like to talk about myself like that," Shelley said. "I just like to go out there and prove myself. But I guess people do say I have pretty good speed, I'm tall and have great hands. With that, I think I can bring some of the things to help a team."


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