Shelton Feels the Vibe

With an early offer from Michigan State, R.J. Shelton's recruiting has quickly headed in a different direction. Why does Shelton feel a special vibe from the Spartans? We check in with the Wisconsin native for his thoughts about the Spartans.

Last Friday found Beaver Dam (WI) High School athlete R.J. Shelton riding on cloud nine with his first scholarship offer.

With the offer coming from Michigan State, Shelton was feeling the love from a program he'd marked as one of his favorites early in the process.

"It was a big day for me," said Shelton. "It was really great as the first time I visited Michigan State's campus it felt like home. Overall, MSU has a great coaching staff and I felt a real good vibe there."

Leading the way for the Spartans is running backs coach Brad Salem. However, the chance for Shelton to speak with Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio added to the emotional event.

"Brad Salem and I talk a lot," explained Shelton. "He talks with my mother and me and then I had a chance to speak with Coach Dantonio. He sounds like a great guy and a good head coach. He was up front and told me straight up like it was. It was real emotional as I had family with me and it was just a great experience."

At 5-foot-11, 185-pounds and speed to burn, where is MSU looking to play Shelton?

"They see me as an athlete," he said. "They feel I'm a guy who can play running back or wide receiver. They see me as a player who makes plays in space and could be a key player in the kick return and punt return game."

When did Shelton visit the MSU campus?

"I was there for the Indiana game," Shelton continued. "It was senior day and a great experience. I'm all for Michigan State right now as I've fallen in love with everything they've done and started.

"It feels like my home and I'm excited to go down there for Junior Day on the 25-th and meet more of the coaching staff."

With his enthusiasm for all things Green & White, could Shelton be looking for an early commitment?

"I could easily be one of those kids who commits early," he said. "If I feel like it is the right move for me, and having talked with my family over and over about. I've said it since day one, when I fell in love with everything MSU has. I could be that kid that commits early."

How hard would it be for Shelton to leave the comforts of home?

"All my friends and family are here," said Shelton. "I know it will be kind of hard. However, they want what is best for me. I really think it will be sad at times, but all-in-all, it will be a good choice I made and it won't be bitter."

How does Shelton describe his strengths and weakness on the field?

"I feel my strengths are my quickness and getting to the outside and making cutbacks in the open field," Shelton said. "I need to get stronger for when I drop my shoulder to get the extra yard. I also feel I need to work on my hands but I also feel they are a positive."

The biggest thing surprising Shelton about the offer is he felt it would come once he proved his abilities this summer.

"I thought I was going to have to go to one of their camps and show them what I can do," he said. "Obviously they like what I do and I'm just thankful for what they thought of me and what I can do."


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