"It is certainly a good offer," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. " I have been going to their camp for going on three years. To get an offer from them is nice."
The linebacker says he plans to attend another summer camp at Auburn this year in either June or July, but that is just one of the campuses he will visit.
"I am going to Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and this weekend I am going to Tennessee," he says. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have offered the three-star linebacker a scholarship and so has another SEC team, the South Carolina Gamecocks.
When asked if one team leads in its efforts to sign him, the 6-2, 230-pounder, who made 102 tackles as a junior, says, "I don't have a favorite, but I guess you could say that the offer from Auburn is a nice one to have. Obviously, they have got a good winning program. You always want to get recruited by somebody that is winning, doing good whose program is going somewhere."
Shackelford says one of the positives about the Auburn program is linebacker coach James Willis. "I like him as a coach," the class of 2009 prospect says. "I actually got the chance to be coached by him last year in a camp. He is intense. He will get on you and let you know what you did wrong, but he gets you to do better. When you are out there with him you aren't just practicing for no reason. He wants to make you a better player.
"I like him as a person, too," the Austin High School standout adds. "I got to talk to him off the field and we talked about things other than football. He talked to me about the importance of keeping my grades up and being a leader on and off the field."
The linebacker, who has been a starter since his sophomore season, says when he comes to visit Auburn he wants to talk to AU's new defensive coordinator, Paul Rhoads, and watch him in action in a football camp setting.
Shackelford notes that he had considered being a two-sport athlete for his senior season, but has decided to concentrate on one sport. "I actually thought about playing basketball this year like I did as a sophomore, but I have decided I am going to stick to football," he says.