A Strong Connection

Plantation (Fla.) senior cornerback Sojourn Shelton maintains his commitment to Florida State is a firm one, but that could all change when he takes a visit in the fall to Wisconsin - a school and a coaching staff he has a strong relationship with.

MADISON - The summer months are supposed to be a relaxing time – unless your name is Sojourn Shelton. Keeping a busy so far this summer, Shelton and his South Florida Express football team recently competed in the 7-on-7 IMG Madden Football tournament, falling one win away from playing in the championship game.

"We lost to Team Tampa, 24-18, who eventually won the tournament," Shelton told Badger Nation. "It was fun playing in the tournament and we would have like to have won it, but it was a good experience. I thought I played well throughout the tournament."

Despite his busy schedule and being committed to Florida State since last June, Shelton has been able to keep in touch with the Wisconsin coaching staff. Shelton has built a strong relationship with defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge who Shelton talks with at least once a week.

"I talked to the whole coaching staff a few weeks ago," Shelton said. "It was a good talk I had with the coaching staff and that occurred about two weeks ago. We talked about how they are still looking for a defensive back to commit and they would be very happy to have me part of their class. I primarily talk with coach Partridge and we have formed a strong relationship. Coach Partridge went to the same high school as me. We also talk about what college life is like and we also talk about what we are up to currently."

Besides Partridge getting to know Shelton on a more personal level, the two also talk about Shelton's game on the football field as well.

"Coach Partridge told me that my coverage skills are hard to find and that I can come in and fit well in their defensive system," Shelton said. "Coach Partidge would like me to try and put some more weight on, but he also told me if I do decide to go to Wisconsin that the strength and conditioning coach can put the right weight on me so I can get on the field.

"That's what I'm working on this summer - trying to get stronger and putting on some weight before I go to college," Shelton added. "Hopefully that carries over to my upcoming high school season. Also it will help me when I do get to college when I start to go up against big receivers. I'll be able to hold my own better."

Despite building a relationship with Wisconsin, Shelton says his commitment to Florida State is a firm commitment.

"The only reason I'm looking at other colleges is to make sure I made the right decision," Shelton said. "I just want to see what other schools have to offer."

Although it may take a lot for Shelton to de-commit from the Seminoles, he knows what might make him switch to another school.

"I'll probably change my commitment if there is a coaching change or I'm no longer comfortable with the Seminoles," Shelton said. "Also if a better opportunity in my mind presents itself I may consider making the switch."

Although Shelton has yet to visit Madison, he does want to get up for a visit sometime this fall so he can see a Badgers football game.

"I haven't scheduled a visit yet but I'm in the process of trying to figure out when I can get up to Madison," Shelton said. "I'm going to have to look at my schedule and once I know when I can make a visit, I will because I would like to see a game this season."

Despite being from Florida, Shelton already knows plenty about Wisconsin football and he's learning plenty more from coach Partridge.

"I always knew Wisconsin was a big program and their fans love their football in Wisconsin," Shelton said. "If it's the Badgers or Packers, they're rooting for their teams. The Badgers have a good tradition and they are always playing in bowl games. When the games are on television in Florida I'll watch them. It also is a good school academically. I know when I get up to Madison on my visit, I'm sure I'll learn some new things about Wisconsin."

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