Junior Profile - Ben Shelton

Ben Shelton is a 6-5, 200 pound quarterback from Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln, and though he was born in Kansas he's about as much of a 'born-and-bred' Washingtonian as you can get.

"Yeah, I was born in Kansas but moved to Washington when I was only two months old," Ben told Dawgman.com. "I'd like to stay home because it's comfortable, but it will all depend on what looks best."

If that sounds like a guy that's already thinking about the recruiting process, you would be half-right. Shelton is getting letters, but isn't too concerned about the process at this point.

"I got a letter from Harvard," he said. "It's always pretty flattering to get a letter from Harvard. I've also gotten letters from Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and UCLA." There are no offers yet.

And why the interest in Shelton? Simply put, he was one of the more productive playmakers in Western Washington last year. He racked up 1800 yards and 16 touchdowns during his junior campaign, leading to 2nd team All-Narrows League honors.

"I think I'm better in the pocket," he said when asked about his strengths as a quarterback. "I can roll out and scramble if I have to though. I have a strong arm and I feel like I have a good idea of where to throw the ball."

Ben doesn't emulate anybody when it comes to his game, but he does admit to being in the admiration society of one player in particular. "I like a lot of different players, but if I had to choose one, it would be Payton Manning," he said. "I've always liked the way he plays."

Lincoln didn't do quite as well as they wanted to last year, and Shelton is preparing himself to do whatever it takes to achieve the goals he's setting out for himself and for his team.

"I like to set goals," Ben said. "Our team goal is to first win league and then win as many games as we can after that. We beat Wilson, the team that won league, so we can do it. For me, my only goal is to lead the team as well as I can."

Talk turns back to recruiting and being home. Shelton admits to having a preference for the schools in his locale.

"I'm interested in most of the Northwest D1 schools," he said. "I've always been a fan of U-Dub (Washington), but they are all good schools." His father went to Washington.

To that end, Shelton went to Seattle to partake in Washington's junior day. "It was fun," he said. "We got to talk to Coach Neuheisel and the rest of the staff. We also got to see the indoor facility, which was great. It was really nice."

And his thoughts on the Huskies' head man? "He made everyone feel at ease," Ben said. "He came over and shook my hand. I said, 'What's up?' (laughs) I was kind of nervous, not really knowing what to expect. I just went with my brother and had a good time."

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