Anxious for Wisconsin

Originally scheduling his official visit to Wisconsin for the end of October, Plantation (FL) cornerback Sojourn Shelton has moved up his timetable and will visit the Badgers in a couple weeks.

MADISON - The Badgers successfully landed defensive back Hugs Etienne in last year's 2012 recruiting class from South Plantation High school. This year, Wisconsin is trying its luck again at the same position in the same city. More importantly, the Badgers appear close to landing a verbal commitment from Plantation (FL) junior cornerback Sojourn Shelton.

Originally planning on visiting Madison October 27 for the game against Michigan State, the 5-9, 165-pound Shelton looked at his schedule and decided he wanted to come and see the camps during the Badgers' home opener against Northern Iowa.

"If I came to the game against Michigan State I would have flown out of Florida the day of the Badgers game and that would have been hard," Shelton told Badger Nation. "But me, coach Charlie Partridge and my dad talked about rescheduling the visit and we decided the season opener was the best time for me to visit. The reason was because my father had time off and our first football game of the season is August 30. So this way I can fly to Madison on Friday and I can stay the whole weekend in Madison and I can get the whole experience."

This will be Shelton's first visit to Madison and according to him, his visit to Madison will be an important one according to him.

"I'm looking forward to everything," said Shelton, a three-star cornerback ranked No.65 in the country by Scout.com. "I've never been to Madison and I'm looking forward to meeting the coaching staff for the first time. I'm excited to meet coach Bielema because we have talked on the phone and he seems like a really nice guy. My parents are also interested in Madison. They want to ask some questions (and) I also would like to ask some questions, as well. I also am interested in majoring in sports broadcasting if I decide to go to Wisconsin."

Shelton is an active user of Twitter and since de-committing from Florida State at the end of July, Wisconsin fans have been showing Shelton some Badger love.

"I love it," Shelton said. "I've heard stories about Madison through Twitter. I've heard how great the fans are, how nice the people are in Madison and how beautiful the campus is. It's been real cool that people have shown me love. It's kind of hard to explain."

Shelton participated in The Opening this past July; the same event Brookfield (Wis.) Central defensive end and commit Chikwe Obasih also participated in. Shelton was able to meet Obasih while he was in Oregon and the two have been talking via Twitter.

"I briefly got to meet Chikwe while we were there and he seems like a good guy," said Shelton. "Chikwe told me a little bit more about Wisconsin. I've been paying attention to Wisconsin recruiting class and they have a strong class, but the one area that I've paid the most attention to is the commitments on the defensive line. It's looking good because it can help make my job easier as a defensive back."

With Wisconsin getting low on spots in the 2013 class, it's possible that Shelton could commit to the Badgers the weekend he visits. According to Shelton, though, he learned his lesson when he committed to the Seminoles early.

"I learned with Florida State that you shouldn't jump into things right away (and) you need to be comfortable with your decision," Shelton said. "But like I said, the visit to Wisconsin is an important one. If I had to make a decision today I would choose Wisconsin, but I've talked with my parents about it. Like I said I have some questions that I would like to be answered but it's a possibility I could commit when I'm on my visit."

Shelton has done his homework on the Badgers since his recruitment started, but one thing has stood out to Shelton that he didn't know about Wisconsin.

"I didn't really know much about the Badgers when they first started to recruit me (and) I didn't know they were a powerhouse college football team," Shelton said. "The record is impressive under coach Bielema and Bielema's home record is impressive. He told me he's only lost (three) games in Camp Randall. I knew they went to the past two Rose Bowls but prior to that I guess I didn't know how much success Bielema has had at Wisconsin.

"I started watching the defense more this past season to see how they played. I wanted to know how the corners played and how the defensive line played. I thought the defensive backs were good but I noticed at times they would give up big plays and I think my coverage skills would help. I have been complimented on my coverage skills. I know I need to get bigger and stronger but I know Wisconsin can help me get stronger. I would say my strength right now is my coverage skills."

The one thing Shelton is looking forward to when he watches Wisconsin play Northern Iowa is being able to participate and witness ‘Jump Around' live.

"I've always heard about the Jump Around," Shelton said. "Coach Partridge told me about it and I looked it up on YouTube one day. When I saw it got me hyped cause I see all these Badger fans jumping in the stadium. It got me all excited and you can tell they love their football. I showed it to my mom and I'm like this is where I could be playing one day and she was impressed by it. I loved it and I want to experience it for myself when I'm in Madison."


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