Shackelford Taking His Time On Final Decision

D.T. Shackelford, a 6-2, 235-pound linebacker from Austin High School in Decatur, Ala., visited Auburn this weekend.

Decatur, Ala.—Tennessee commitment D.T. Shackelford took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend, the first of three officials he is planning on taking this month.

"I'm still going to take my visits and make sure that I make the right decision," Shackelford said of his commitment to the Vols. "It's where I've got to be for the next four years of my life. So I've got to make sure I make the right decision.

"I'm committed to Tennessee, but like I said, I'm looking around," he adds.

Shackelford, along with his family, arrived at Auburn late in the afternoon on Friday and left Sunday morning. The linebacker prospect says that being around player host Antoine Carter and the other players was the best part of his experience at Auburn.

"When I got here I met the coaches and we ate dinner," Shackelford recalls. "And then basically I've been with my player host the whole time, Antoine Carter. He's real cool. I just enjoyed everything about it."

Shackelford also got to hear what Auburn is like from a player's perspective rather than from a coach.

"They've been through it," he explains. "It's one thing for a coach to tell you something, but a player has been with coaches. I know this coaching staff is new, but the players have been here and they've experienced a lot of stuff while they're here.

"It went great," he adds of the visit. "I appreciate everything that was presented to me. I liked it a lot. One of the main things was being with the players, seeing how they like it down here and being able to be with them. I really enjoyed myself. They showed me a good time. I could tell they weren't putting on a show. It was just real."

Shackelford, who has been committed to Tennessee since late summer, expects to make a final decision after official visits to Ole Miss and Tennessee later this month.

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