Shelling to Army

Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) senior running back-wide receiver Chris Shelling committed to play football at Army after taking an during an official visit there during the weekend.

ArmySports.com spoke with Shelling on the commitment to attend West Point.

"My dream has always been to play Division-I football," Chris Shelling said. "This is a great opportunity for me to do that. The education, first and foremost, was the biggest factor (in my decision), but I'm really excited about the competition. The school's we will be facing are some of the best in the country and I've always wanted the chance to go against that level of competition. One other thing is the campus itself, which was absolutely beautiful.

"The official visited really sealed the deal for me. My favorite movement had to be the Army-Navy basketball game. The atmosphere was crazy, I saw Reggie Miller, it was intense. I got a chance to get to know some of the guys. My player-host was Egbezien Obiomon. On Sunday, at the end of the visit, I told Coach Monken I was ready to commit and be a Black Knight."

Shelling had 1,156 all-purpose yards and ten touchdowns for Central Gwinnett in 2014. A three-year starter and four-year football Letterman, Shelling was named first team All-County and selected Player of the Week by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Army projects Shelling (5-foot-9, 165-pounds) as a running back/slot receiver.

"When Coach (Brent) Davis started recruited me, he said they loved my speed and ability to make people miss," Shelling said. "In high school I moved around a lot at slot, running back, outside receiver, and on special teams. Navy's talked about using me in similar ways. I think the (triple option attack) will be a good fit for me.

"Right now, I'm really not sure if I'll be going direct or to Prep. I'm just happy to have made my decision. I feel like there's a lot of pressure off me now and i can just relax and enjoy the rest of my senior year.

Shelling chose Army over offers from Lenior-Rhyne, a D-2 college in Hickory, N.C. and Elon.

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