Justice Shelton-Mosley still eyeing NU

Though Justice Shelton-Mosley listed an anticlimactic Top 10, Northwestern should be in the running for a key defensive back priority.

To be honest, Justice Shelton-Mosley released an anticlimactic top 10. The list included UC Davis, Harvard and Columbia.

Of course, Northwestern made it, but the program has little gauge of where Shelton-Mosley is going with his recruitment.

"It's getting kind of tough," Shelton-Mosley told PurpleWildcats.com. "I'm a pretty respectful guy, so when it comes to messaging me, I'm going to message back."

The Wildcats offered Shelton-Mosley early in the process, noting his versatility and potential. The three-star cornerback from Sacramento continues to hear from NU frequently.

"They're showing a lot of interest," he said. "That shows me that they really like me."

Still, it can get tricky with one defensive back spot remaining. NU needs to be safe, and offered players including Jacob Murray, Isaac James and Keith Washington to play the position. Local cornerback Aaron Garland will also earn an offer if his spring semester grades are good enough.

Shelton-Mosley, though, has no intention of rushing the decision, even if pushed.

"I'm a person that thinks about the future," he said. "I'm thinking about my kids, my grandkids. I've been making a slow process to the decision.

"Hopefully, no schools pressure me into committing because of positions that are available."

Shelton-Mosley did cut schools including Utah, Utah State, Washington State, Arizona and Nevada—probably for academic reasons. His list also contains schools that have not offered, like Stanford and Vanderbilt.

Because of financial reasons, Shelton-Mosley will to have wait for official visit time if he wants to travel to Evanston again. That would almost certainly be too late if he hopes to hold a spot. There is one complication: he could still play wide receiver.

In the meantime, he's close enough geographically to visit Stanford, California and maybe Colorado.

Northwestern continues to push forward in his recruitment regardless. Shelton-Mosley immediately built a strong relationship with area recruiter Mick McCall.

"I've been talking to Coach McCall," Shelton-Mosley said. "He's one of the coaches who I feel the most respect for."

NU's pitch also includes a pair of 2015 commits from California. Defensive end Trent Goens and outside linebacker Simba Short have been in close contact with him during the process.

It might be a matter of time, so to speak, but Shelton-Mosley will strongly consider Northwestern in his late final decision.

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