Westerville (Ohio) North defensive tackle Antonio Shelton remains committed to Illinois after an official visit to Rutgers but may sign with one of three schools next week.
Shelton, who checks in at 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, plans to visit Penn State next week and select a school close to National Signing Day.
“As of right now, I’m still committed to Illinois,” Shelton said. “I’m going to Penn State next weekend and after that I’m going to make my decision.”
Shelton spent the weekend with other recruits and players. He received a tour of the campus during a snowstorm, met Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs, enjoyed plenty of food and quality time with the roster.
“It was a tight visit,” he said. “The environment is great. I’ve never really been to Jersey before. That’s great. The coaches are really great. They believe in a system that breeds success in other places and they’re bringing it to Rutgers. The facilities are really great and the players were cool as well. They believe in coach Ash a lot.”
Junior nose tackle Sebastian Joseph hosted Shelton on his visit.
“It was hard for ]the players] to say what it’s like playing for him but they didn’t have anything negative to say,” Shelton said. “Everybody in the program seems to be responding really positively to the change.”
Shelton said his 1-on-1 meeting with coach Chris Ash was the best part of his weekend in New Jersey.
“I’ve never really met him and only talked to him over the phone,” he said. “Me and him were tight. It’s cool to meet any coach that believes in you and wants you to come into his program and make a difference.”