In-home visit solidifies UW for Shelton

Cornerback recruit Sojourn Shelton considered looking into other options after the departure of Bret Bielema and the vast majority of Wisconsin's coaching staff. But after an in-home visit from new secondary coach Bill Busch, Shelton remains 100 percent committed to being a Badger.

MADISON — The recruiting process has been a roller coaster for South Plantation (FL.) cornerback Sojourn Shelton. Shelton originally committed to Florida State in the summer of 2011, but de-committed a year later to look at other options. Finally, this past October he settled on Wisconsin, but then the news came out with the departure of head coach Bret Bielema going to Arkansas.

While Wisconsin searched for a new coach, Shelton stayed loyal and focused on his first year as a Badger. UW eventually hired Coach Gary Andersen from Utah State and has most of his staff in place. The talented defensive back recently had an in-home visit with new secondary Coach Bill Busch.

"It went really well," Shelton said. "I got a chance to spend time with Coach Busch and he is a really great coach. He is excited to coach at Wisconsin and is someone who coaches defensive backs at a very high level.

"We talked about everything while Coach Busch was here in his track record from going to Nebraska to Utah State and Utah. We just talked about his background and he wanted to know more about me. In the conversation, he talked a lot about him and we got to know each other. The football side was talked about and how he wants me to come in to work. We had a great talk about that stuff and it was a pretty good talk. I am completely satisfied to be honest with you."

Busch also did touch base on where he sees the 5-foot-9, 165-pound playmaker fitting into the system and the chances of early playing time.

"He wants me to play corner, nickel and everything," Shelton said. "Everything he recognized from watching me and he said I was a very good cover person. I can cover very well, so that is an advantage I do have. Just like any player coming in, I have to work and improve myself to be able to adjust to the college football speed, learn the playbook, the system and he said he would give me a fair shot to play. That is all you can ask as an recruit and I'm excited, so we will just have to see where it goes from there when I arrive and I won't waste anytime."

Wisconsin's 2013 class has been very solid and has only lost one commit with Arkansas securing former commit in Georgia Military School (GA.) cornerback Tiquention Coleman. Shelton was heavily pursued when he de-committed from Florida State. When Wisconsin was left with most of the coaching staff hitting the road, many worried he might look at his other options once again. However, that was never the case and the in-home visit secured his decision with Wisconsin.

"I am 100 percent committed to Wisconsin and that is where I will be attending school," Shelton said. "It pretty much firmed up my commitment, but I could always tell when I was committed to Wisconsin. This pretty much did seal things up, so I am pretty happy where I am at and will take it from there."

As the No. 76 rated cornerback in the nation and a three-star rated commit, Shelton also talked about his recruiting pitch for Wisconsin and how effective that pitch has been on some of his fellow Floridans.

"I haven't been able to do any recruiting lately, but I have been talking to Alex Collins," Shelton said. "We kinda have to see where it goes with him. I am thinking we do have an good chance, but for the most part I talk to him and John O'Korn. I know John has an in-home visit with Coach Busch soon, so to see how that goes and I do feel like John as an person playing against him twice and seeing the type of level of player he is, I feel like he would be a great fit for Wisconsin. I kinda wanted to see where it goes and those are the two players I have been to reach out too.

"Alex Collins or what I like to call him in Budda is somewhat kinda hard to get in contact with, but everytime that we did talk has been a very good talk. We will see National Signing Day with where all these young men do and I will be happy for where ever they go. I am trying to get them to come to Wisconsin."

With signing Day is fast approaching, these last uncommitted recruits and Wisconsin still has many big fish out in the sea. Shelton gave his percentages on the chances with both Florida products in quarterback John O'Korn and running back Collins of landing in Madison.

"I really do think that percentage wise with John O'Korn that we have an 85-90 percent chance of landing him," Shelton said. "I honestly see it is possible with how close we are and we have played against each other in two or three big games. We have many conversations about Wisconsin and I don't know what other schools he is looking at. I know he is committed to Houston, so I don't know what his deal is, but I do think that we have a good chance at landing him. Alex Collins is a tricky one. You never really know with him. I do think we have an 75% chance of landing him due to depth charts issues with other schools. Florida is loaded, Florida State is loaded and Miami FL. has Duke Johnson there plus he also de-committed from there, so I mean the only school that leaves him with not having so many running backs in the backfield right now is Wisconsin. We will definitely see what happens, but I would say both we have a good shot at."

Early enrollment is still up in the air as paper work looks to be standing in his way of going to Madison early. Shelton is also working on honing his skills for the next step to Wisconsin and getting ready physically.

"It is something that is up in the air if I enroll early," Shelton said. "I still need to get all my information in and all my scores, transcript and everything. It is a waiting game right now, but I am preparing either way. I have been training and adapting to the college football level. I have been doing workouts and one on ones and all that stuff to work on my cover skills and also just hitting the weight room."


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