Highly-Coveted LB Darrell Shelton Finds a Home With the Duke Blue Devils

Darrell Shelton, a Florida-based linebacker who is armed with over two-dozen offers, is off the market and headed to the prestigious Duke University.

Darrell Shelton, one of the more highly-regarded linebackers in the South, stepped into the spotlight to reveal his college decision this morning, and Sunshine State native is headed to Duke.

Equipped with nearly 25 offers, including ones from Florida StateLSUAuburnOregon and Tennessee, Shelton is an intelligent young man who views Duke as the total package for a prospect balancing both football and life in the classroom.

"I loved the atmosphere up there, and the coaches made me feel like family," Shelton said. "There were a couple of other schools that really got my attention, but at the end of the day, I get to play great football in a great conference and get a degree from a great university.

"I also think coach (Dave) Cutcliffe is building something special at Duke."

Shelton, a product of nationally-recognized Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, has made the journey up to Durham on multiple occasions, and expects to return at some point over the summertime as well.


"I visited there twice," Shelton said. "On junior day I got a first look at things, and on the second visit I was able to meet with every single coach and get the true feel for what Duke is all about.

"Everyone knows that coach Cut is a great guy. (Defensive backs) coach (Derek) Jones is the one that really kept it real with me about the after football benefits of going there. (Defensive coordinator) coach (Jim) Knowles also went over film with me to show the defensive schemes.

"It was everything that I was looking for."

Shelton, who is labeled as the nation's 35th-ranked outside linebacker, piled up 86 tackles (54 solo), two fumble recoveries and a sack during his junior campaign with the Raiders.

Shelton is a smooth athlete at the linebacker position who can really slide his feet and move laterally, but also does a good job of changing direction when reacting to the football. Shelton always provides great effort whenever he steps on the field as well.

He does a good job of breaking down and wrapping up when going one-on-one in space, but Shelton is just scratching the surface of what he can become. Shelton will be moved to inside linebacker once Scout releases the latest batch of rankings.

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