For the better part of seven months, Justice Shelton-Mosley has been shooting for an offer from hometown California. On Wednesday, as he was on a visit to Pac-12 rival UCLA, Shelton-Mosley got a call from Golden Bears recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Pierre Ingram that put his Junior Day visit to Berkeley this past weekend to shame, as he became the second Junior Day visitor to earn a scholarship offer.
"I finally got it," Shelton-Mosley beamed. "It's great to have it. We were walking on Venice Beach, and coach Pierre called coach [Phil] Grams, and he gave me the phone and he gave me the offer. I was ecstatic. Plus, it was on Venice Beach, so it was the perfect scenery and everything."
Justice-Mosley talked to BearTerritory even before he was able to get his mother on the phone, and he couldn't even try to hide his excitement at being offered by Cal – the No. 1 public university in the world, and an academic peer of some of the other schools on his offer list: Duke, Harvard, Northwestern and Yale.
"It's definitely a great opportunity for me, especially the location, it's in the Bay Area, all the alumni are a tight group and they can get me internships and all that type of stuff, and it's kind of close to home," said the Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian star. "I'd be close to family, they could come watch games, so it definitely means a lot to me. I can get the same academics, the same high level of competition, I can get all that in one place, in one location, it's fantastic."
When Ingram told Shelton-Mosley that he got the offer, he had just a single word of reaction: "Wow."
"I could only say, ‘Wow! Thank you!'" Shelton-Mosley said. "Then I said, ‘I've got to tell my mom.'"
The offer puts the Bears very high up on Shelton-Mosley's list of prospective destinations.
"It definitely puts Cal in the running for the school I'm going to choose," Shelton-Mosley said. "I've just got to lay it down, do all the good, the bad, the positive and the negative, get that done during the summer, and then hopefully make the decision by the football season or during the middle of football season and then commit."
The three-star athlete plays corner, wide receiver and running back, but the Bears want him on defense, as a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback.
"At their camp, they want to see where I fit the most," said Shelton-Mosley, who will come out in June for one of Cal's two prospect camps. "It sounds like DB will be my position, but they want me to come out to camp to see just where I'd fit."
Shelton-Mosley has already visited Berkeley several times, most recently this Saturday for Junior Day.
"It gave me a lot of information about the program, because I'd never really understood how they set their student-athletes up for later on in life," Shelton-Mosley said. "It put that into perspective. Coach [Sonny] Dykes told me that Cal was No. 2 in student-athletes making money out of college, right behind Harvard, so that really helped me and gave me good information for when I'm going to make my decision."
After talking with Ingram at Junior Day -- who takes over for former defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks as Shelton-Mosley's primary recruiter -- the two will reconvene next week, when Ingram visits Capital Christian during the spring evaluation period.
JUNIOR DAY: Another Offer for Shelton-Mosley
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