Ready for the Cardinal and White

After dancing around the decision for a couple of months, South Plantation (Fla.) cornerback Sojourn Shelton is finally committed to Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class.

MADISON – The wait is finally over for Sojourn Shelton.

A huge fan of Wisconsin since the Badgers came into the recruiting picture, the 5-9, 165-pound cornerback called the Wisconsin coaches Tuesday afternoon to join the 2013 recruiting class.

"All the (Wisconsin) coaches wanted to make sure that I wasn't being pressured," Shelton told Badger Nation. "I took my time and I had been feeling like committing for a long time and today finally felt like the right day. I was ready to shut everything down, focus on my high school season and get ready to be a Badger."

Originally a Florida State commit, Shelton – a three-star cornerback ranked No.71 in the country by Scout.com – picked Wisconsin over other favorites Cincinnati, Nebraska, UCF and Wake Forest.

Shelton is the 15th verbal commitment to the 2013 class and the second defensive back, joining Minneapolis Tartan cornerback Keelon Brookins. Shelton continues a pipeline of Wisconsin in getting quality defensive backs to join its program, joining Hugs Etienne (2012), Terrance Floyd and Devin Gaulden (2011), Peniel Jean (2010), Dezmen Southward (2009), Antonio Fenelus (2008) and Aaron Henry (2007).

"We have this mentality down here to be great," said Shelton of Florida cornerbacks. "I think we have the best players in the nation. Not to talk anything anyway from anybody in any other states, but we have the mentality of all or nothing. I think that's why I play the way I do."

Originally planning on visiting Madison October 27 for the game against Michigan State, Shelton changed his visit to the Badgers' home opener against Northern Iowa. Citing time spent with Etienne, other verbal commits, the coaching staff and Wisconsin's upperclassmen cornerbacks, as well as raving about the atmosphere, Shelton gave the visit an A++++.

Not wanting to get caught up in the emotions of the visit and make another quick decision, Shelton decided to wait in order to speak with his mom and his high school coach.

"It was definitely a great feeling that I am going somewhere where I am wanted," said Shelton. "Everybody was really happy. I had a great conversation with Coach Bielema. The atmosphere was great and I can't wait to get out there to get better."

Shelton was primarily recruited by defensive line coach Charlie Partridge – a graduate of Plantation HS. Shelton and Partridge talked about a number of things over the past nine months, but Shelton's height and weight was never an issue with Partridge.

Shelton will enroll early in January in order to build up his weight and start learning the playbook, hoping to get an opportunity to contribute to a Wisconsin secondary that loses both starting cornerbacks after the season.

"I think the reason I am so excited is because I know what I bring to the table," said Shelton. "You put a receiver in front of me or play this coverage or this zone, I pick things up pretty fast. What excites me so much is to be able to get around strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert. Seeing what he's done to his players, I feel the only weakness in my game is my weight. I think more weight will bring more confidence in my game. That's the beauty of it and what makes me so happy is that I am going somewhere that is going to make me bigger and better."

The big goal now for Shelton is to starting recruiting five-star running back Alex Collins, who took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin in April for the Badgers' spring game and took his official visit last weekend.

"That's one thing on my list," said Shelton. "I am definitely going to get on him. I know he has a great visit up there this past weekend, so that's one thing I am going to be on him about. He's definitely a close friend of mine, so he's going to be hearing a lot from me. I want people to watch out for that because I am going to try my hardest."


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