Three on Shelton's mind

After being very close to making an early decision, recruiting is starting to turn into a battle royal between three Pac 10 schools for Auburn (Wa.) DT Danny Shelton. The talented prospect spoke with recently and he updated us on where things stand and why he's delayed making a decision...

"I was going to decide early, but my brother is someone I respect and I want him to be involved in helping me decide where I should be," Shelton told recently. "He's deployed (to Iraq) right now and won't be back until this fall, so I'm going to wait and let him take some trips with me to see some schools before I decide."

The three schools seemingly at the forefront of Shelton's recruitment are Cal, Oregon and Washington.

"Washington is only about 15 or 20 minutes from me, so that's a huge factor," Shelton said. "They also have some great coaches there and I think they're coming back to where they were used to being for a long time.

"My whole family would like me to stay close to home and Washington has been my favorite, but with Cal and Oregon, they offer some great things too, so I want to see them a little bit more and talk with their coaches too."

Shelton said he keeps in contact with the Huskies pretty regularly and said he plans to take in at least one practice this month.

"The coaches there are so high energy, I love it," Shelton said. "They get you pumped up and make you work hard, but they have fun doing it."

Shelton said he hasn't set up any official visits yet, but that he will look at his schedule over the next few weeks and make a decision on when he will visit all three schools very soon.

"Once my brother gets back, we'll visit those three for sure and then I'll sit down with my family and decide," Shelton said.

As a sophomore in 2008, Shelton started both ways for the Trojans, and posted 58 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries and followed that up in 2009 with 55 tackles and two sacks while earning both the 4A SPSL Offensive Lineman and Defensive Lineman of the year honors as a junior.

We'll continue to keep in touch with Shelton over the next four months and update news as it changes with him.

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