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Sonny Shackelford is a 6-2, 185-pound athlete from Beverly Hills, California and when it comes to the best receivers in southern California, Sonny's name wasn't the first one to come up before the 2002 season had begun. But now everybody is taking notice. Sonny has more than proven his worth with some massive numbers this year, and one college has given Shackelford his props in the form of a scholarship offer. Are more to come?

"I love offense," Shackleford told "I like to catch the ball and go to the house. I'm a well-rounded receiver. I feel like I can do it all." He did a lot of everything, catching 65 passes for 1465 yards and 20 touchdowns this past season. He also had 5 interceptions as a strong safety for Beverly Hills.

BHHS ended up 6-5 this season, bowing out of the playoffs with a first-round loss to Arcadia. It's not what Sonny envisioned at all for his senior year. "I wanted a ring badly," he said. "But I reached my own goals. I wanted to show people I can play. I know people talk about Steve Smith and Whitney Lewis, but I wanted people to know that I'm one of the best out there too."

Mission accomplished.

The Pac-10 is all over Shackleford, with the team from Seattle leading the charge. "Washington's contacting me the most lately," he said. "Also Arizona State, Arizona, USC and Oregon." The Huskies are the only school to offer Sonny a scholarship so far and he has a visit set to UW for December 6th.

Bobby Kennedy is recruiting Shackleford for the Dawgs. "He told me that they are losing a lot of receivers this year and that if I come in and play to my potential that I have a shot to play next year." Arizona and USC are the other schools Sonny mentioned when asked about official visits, and he won't make a decision until he's seen some college campuses. "I want to see what the schools are like and then I'll know which one I like the best. I'm wide open. I'm eligible, so now I just want to go out and play."

Shackleford is a four-sport star, playing football, soccer, baseball and also running track. His personal bests in the 100, 200 and High Jump are 11.0, 22.4 and 6-2, respectively. He claims a 4.45 40.

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