USC, OSU top his list

Finesse or power? Compton Dominguez High School defensive end Michael Shelton has both abilities at his disposal. As a result Oregon State, USC and a host of other Pac-10 coaches have taken interest in the California native.

Recently, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound player was named the top defensive lineman at the USC overnight camp. According to Andrew Friedman of TheInsiders, Shelton was unstoppable throughout the entire camp session using his quickness to blow right around his opponents or vast lower-body strength to bull rush them.

"I love the way they run their practices," said Shelton. "The Coliseum is great and I really like all of the coaches and players." He currently holds five offers. "I have written offers from Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, and San Diego State," said Shelton who made 74 tackles and 13 tackles as a junior.

USC tops his list with Oregon State second, Arizona third, Oregon fourth, and Washington fifth. His mother favors the Trojans, although Arizona could slide up the list due to his grandparents and cousins living in the Tucson area. He plans on making an unofficial trip to the UA campus during the summer.

Michael is being recruited as a defensive end and that is where he prefers to play. "I like defense," he said. "I love to hit." He does see some spot-duty at tight end and fullback for Dominguez.

"I have speed, quickness, agility, and I work very hard," the all-league player said. "I watch a lot of film and am good at preparing myself." Shelton carries a 2.9 core GPA and is taking his SAT in September. He would like to major in something to do with Science. Comment:
The Beavers have a good shot at landing Shelton if USC does not offer him. Unfortunately, the Trojans will most likely offer him during the football season and Shelton will become a part of the Trojan family.

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