Shelton is focused on post-season play

Auburn (Wa.) DT Danny Shelton continues to maintain that Washington leads for his services, but he isn't really focusing on recruiting at this point. He told Dawgman.com over the weekend his sights are set on getting a state championship and after his season is over that's when he will turn his eyes toward where he will play college football...

"We got a win on Friday and now we play Curtis this coming weekend," Shelton told Dawgman.com Sunday evening. "I was really concerned with recruiting for a while, but now I'm only thinking about my team and getting us a championship.

"Recruiting can wait until that's over with."

Shelton has been a beast for the Trojans this season, posting 50 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles while also paving the way for a dominating rushing attack.

"Schools like me mostly on defense, but some want to give me a look on offense too," Shelton said. "Washington is still at the top for me, you can definitely say that, but Oregon is right there too and I'm going to check out both of those schools for sure before I make my decision.

"Cal and UCLA are the other two schools who I am considering taking a visit to."

Shelton has already visited USC and said the Trojans impressed him while he was there.

"They are a historic program and they really make you feel at home when you get there," Shelton noted. "I liked my trip there a lot, but it's all part of the process."

With the Huskies struggling some over the past few weeks, Shelton said that hasn't deterred his interest in them and might have actually increased it.

"I trust the coaches at U-Dub and I have faith they will turn things around," Shelton said. "They can still make a bowl game, that's the first thing you have to remember and they've also faced some really good teams in Oregon and Arizona and Stanford and they played real well when they beat USC, so they are building it up right.

"I like the thought of being able to play early there. They like me on defense, so I see what they have going on up front and with (Alameda Ta'amu) coming back and with some of the other guys they have there, they should be improved next year just because they are older and they will be stronger and playing more as a unit."

As far as a timeline for a decision, Shelton said he's still working on things and will likely wait until he's taken at least two more visits.

"After my season is over, I will set up my visits with Washington and Oregon," Shelton said. "Then I will figure out what I want to do about possibly taking the last two.

"I'm thinking it will probably be after the start of the year before I decide, but when the time feels right, that is when I will do it."

We'll continue to keep track of Shelton's progress toward making his decision and we will update news as it breaks.

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