Bears Still Pursuing Shelton Hard

Auburn (Wash.) defensive tackle Danny Shelton says that Oregon and California are recruiting him the hardest. Check inside for the latest in his recruitment...

Danny Shelton (6-3, 285) hasn't received any new scholarship offers since March but seems content with the eight that have already offered.

Shelton, ranked as the No. 23 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, now favors Washington and Oregon solidly over UCLA, California and Stanford. All have offered as well as Washington State, Oregon State and Idaho.

"I like that U-Dub is close and the program is building up," Shelton said about the Huskies. "They have a great team and I really like coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian). He's a big reason they are on-the-rise right now.

"Coach Sark is cool," he said. "He seems to relate well with the players and tries to act young and hip."

Shelton lives about 30 minutes from Washington and has already visited the Huskies. He also attended a junior day at Oregon.

"Oregon is great," he said. "I liked it over there. It's a great place. I liked the facilities a lot and they practice real hard. They bring a lot of intensity to the practice field and I love that kind of atmosphere."

Shelton says that Oregon and California are recruiting him the hardest. "Cal sends the most letters," he said. "And Oregon emails a lot and contacts my coach all the time. I talk to them a lot."

He is being recruited by Bears defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. "I get along with him great," he said. "He said they need help on the d-line and thinks that I could start early. I like the defense they run. It fits me."

Another school whose defense appeals to Shelton is Stanford's. "They run a similar defense to my school," he said. "I like that they're coming up too."

Shelton, who reports a 3.6 core GPA and 1260 three-part SAT, says he needs to improve his SAT score to qualify for Stanford. "I'm not sure what they said I need to get," he admitted. "But it needs to get higher.

"Stanford has some of the best academics," he said. "You're set for life with a degree from Stanford."

Shelton says he thinks he could play early at UCLA too. "They run a good defense and they told me that I'd have a good opportunity to start as a freshman," he said.

He is being recruited by Bruins defensive line coach Todd Howard and secondary coach Tim Hundley. "I also like coach Rick Neuheisel," he said. "He's a cool guy. They're all easy going people."

Shelton says he doesn't expect to make a decision until signing day and hopes to take all five of his official visits. "I really want to take my trips," he said. "I'm waiting to set those up when my brother comes back from Iraq. He's been gone since January and gets back in September and he's gonna be helping me a lot with recruiting. I want him around for everything."

He isn't sure if he's going to attend any camps this summer.

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