Hey may not be getting much attention from major BCS programs yet, but if 2015 Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian athlete Justice Shelton-Mosley's first game of his junior season is any indication, that's going to change very soon.
Shelton-Mosley – who visited California on Saturday – ripped off 388 yards of total offense in a 48-0 thumping of Garden Valley (Calif.) Golden Sierra, scoring five touchdowns, including a scintillating 93-yard punt return for a touchdown.
"That was in a little over three quarters, because they didn't let me play in the fourth quarter," Shelton-Mosley said.
As for that punt return, it was a bit of a blur – much like Shelton-Mosley himself, who has clocked a 4.41-second 40-yard dash time and posted a 30-inch vertical leap.
"Truly, I didn't think they were going to kick the ball to me," Shelton-Mosley said. "It was actually a pretty nice kick. It was a 40-50 yard kick, and I went back, caught it, and I saw a hole. I just used a burst of speed to burst through the hole, and I actually didn't think I was going to make it, but I saw another little crease, went through there and scored. It was just a blur."
Shelton-Mosley was originally recruited by former Bears running backs coach Ron Gould, who extended the 5-foot-10, 160-pounder's first scholarship offer as head coach of UC Davis. Recently, the new Cal staff has come into the mix, with defensive line coach Barry Sacks taking point.
"It was pretty good. I got to talk to the Sacramento recruiter for a little bit, and it was a good visit, because I got to see both Northwestern and Cal," Shelton-Mosley said. "Northwestern is one of my top schools. It was pretty good. I liked it. It was a nice fan base. They're very supportive there, and I really liked it. Because they can't really be in contact with them, that was the first time I really bumped into him and talked for a little bit."
While Sacks – like the rest of the staff – was in game mode prior to the season-opening tilt against the No. 22 Wildcats, Shelton-Mosley did get to catch up with fellow Capital Christian product, Spencer Hagan.
"He tells me the inside, what's going on in the recruiting process and all of that," Shelton-Mosley said. "He told me that coach Sacks really likes me, and that they all really like me. He tells me that, if I just keep doing what I'm doing, everything will work out well with any school, pretty much."
The visit wasn't the first time Shelton-Mosley had seen the Berkeley campus. He's been to Cal "a bunch of times," with his basketball team for camps, and on the hardwood last season, he averaged 6.0 points per game, 3.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
"I didn't have Cal anywhere on my list, didn't even know they were interested until the beginning of the season," Shelton-Mosley said. "I was thinking about Princeton, Harvard and Northwestern – all academic schools – and Cal is actually showing interest now. I really like that school."
Last season, he also joined four-star defensive line recruit and Cougars teammate Nifae Lealao at Homecoming, when the Bears took down then-No. 25 UCLA.
"It was good that I went [Saturday], because that was the first time I really talked with [the new staff]," Shelton-Mosley said.
Shelton-Mosley's favorite part of Saturday's visit was just being on the field, and in the North Tunnel, as the cacophony of Cal Band drums filled every corner of the famous entrance.
"Watching the pre-game, that was great," he said. "The marching band, that just got me pumped up to play next week, to tell you the truth."
The Cal staff hasn't told Shelton-Mosley just where they'd like him, but considering that, last season, he rushed 83 times for 1,108 yards and 17 touchdowns, caught a pass for 42 yards and a touchdown, ripped off 442 kick return yards, 422 punt return yards and 144 interception return yards on a team-high six picks, he can play just about anywhere he wants to, on either side of the ball.
As a defensive back, Shelton-Mosley added five passes defended to his six picks, also tallying a fumble recovery and 66 total tackles. But, Shelton-Mosley said, he sees himself primarily as a returner.
"Really, I like punt return and kick return, but if I can get in the slot or play wide receiver, just any of those, corner – I'm fine with that – I can play longer as a corner than anything else," said Shelton-Mosley. "I think I'm more consistent at slot and wide receiver."
Shelton-Mosley grew up watching West Virginia (specifically Steve Slaton and Pat White), as well as USC.
"Reggie Bush was pretty much my idol, when it comes to football," he said.
He actually watches highlights of those three, along with Oregon's DeAnthony Thomas and, of course, DeSean Jackson, before every game.
Looking at Saturday's 44-30 shootout through the eyes of an offensive player, Shelton-Mosley was quite impressed by the Bear Raid.
"I loved it," he said. "The up-tempo style was great. They put the slot receivers in positions where they can do stuff in the open field. [Bryce] Treggs was very explosive. That's somewhere where I'd like to fit, and on punt return."
Shelton-Mosley splits time evenly between offense and defense, so he's more than ready for the physical rigors of the Bear Raid.
"I don't come off the field except on kickoff and on punt," he said. "That's the only time I come off the field, when we kick off and punt."
Aside from his offer from Davis, Shelton-Mosley has also received attention from the Bruins, the Bears, the Wildcats, Utah, Utah State, BYU, Harvard and Princeton.
"Harvard and Princeton have sent letters, but nothing really serious, yet," he said.
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