Shelby Emerging as Hidden Gem

The Eagles of Archbishop Shaw earned a playoff berth despite being young on offense. The 2011 season was a coming out party of sorts for wide receiver Kent Shelby. The 6-2, 180 pounder has done his part go get his name out there and he is determined to show the entire football world that he is a bona fide prospect.

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"I am willing to do whatever I have to do to show people that I am one of the top players in Louisiana," said Shelby. "I am working harder than ever and I am going to have a big year this year."

The early returns for Shelby are very positive for the Marrero, Louisiana product who earned MVP honors at the NUC Five Star showcase.

"That was a big honor for me," said Shelby. "It showed me that all of my hard work is paying off.

"I mean I went from a guy who didn't even play to a guy who won the MVP and is getting looked at by colleges.

"My sophomore year I don't think my coach trusted me on the field. I was probably the 4th wide receiver and I got on the field for a punt return or a kick off or something like that.

"Last year I worked hard and I got on the field and made plays for my team.

"This year is my last year as an Archbishop Shaw Eagle and I am going to do my best to have my best season ever."

Some college schools have taken notice of the long term potential of the talented pass catcher, but so far offers have been hard to come by.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I am going to work as hard as I can to get them," said Shelby. "I don't know who might be the first school to offer me, but I think it might be Mississippi State.

"They are showing me a lot of interest. The invited me to junior day this weekend, but I am not going to be able to make it.

"Ole Miss just started sending me some letters and I am hearing from UL (Louisiana). I am getting some letters and things like that, but no offers yet."

Shelby reports that he is looking for the right spot to display his skills and he has a good idea about what offensive scheme would suit him best.

"I like the spread offense because they use all of their receivers," said Shelby. "They move you around and get you the ball.

"There is not just one main receiver. They use them all in the spread.

"I would like to be part of an offense like that where I can make plays and help the team."

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