By Steve Bartle
With a new approach and emphasis on recruiting highly regarded prospects, it’s been a quiet summer on the recruiting front for Utah football. The silence broke this past Sunday though, when the program secured a commitment from Texas QB, Jason Shelley. Ranked the 33rd dual-threat QB by Scout, Shelley’s commitment is a very important one as the Utes look to build up not only depth, but talent at the QB position.
With interest from schools like Houston, Virginia, Oklahoma St., and others, what sold Jason on the Utes? “I chose Utah because it seemed very much like my school here in Texas. The coaches are very energetic, and I can tell the players have a strong bond, which I do like, there was a comfort feeling I got there.” Not only does Jason like the bond between the players, but he see’s himself fitting rather nicely into the offense as well. “I think I fit perfectly in the offense because what they do offensively is VERY similar to what we run at my high school right now.” Which after putting up numbers like 3,716 yards and 39 passing touchdowns while still rushing for 1,661 yards and 21 touchdowns, has to bring a smile to Ute fan’s faces.
Not only is Shelley’s commitment an important one for the QB position, it is also a positive sign that new WR coach Guy Holliday was a smart hire, as he was able to locate and build that initial relationship with Jason. Aaron Roderick later got involved in Shelley’s recruitment, and the two worked together to seal the deal. “Coach Holliday first recruited me, then Arod got involved, and I have a very good relationship with them two, so I’m excited and I know it will grow as we talk more.”
Jason plans on enrolling in the summer of 2017 after he graduates from Lone Star HS. He plans on studying Business Marketing when he enrolls. And he already has his official visit planned, as he will be visiting the week the Utes play USC.
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Jason also has a special message he’d like to share with Ute fans: “Great things are about to come to Salt Lake City!”