Badgers Catch Shelley By Surprise

Having offered prospects all over the state during his first full week on the job, Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Brown finally targeted his old high school, surprising Tucker (GA) junior cornerback Duke Shelley with an offer.

The Peach State has been thoroughly recruited by new running back coach Thomas Brown and his latest stop was at his former high school and the home Tucker (GA) junior cornerback Duke Shelley, the latest prospect to haul in a Wisconsin offer.

"The next day, my coach told me in the morning about it in weight training. I am just very shocked and surprised," Shelley told BadgerNation. "I will try to figure out more about the program and see what they have to offer because I don't know much right now. I didn't hear nothing from Wisconsin and they haven't came up to the school, so that is what threw me off about it."

"It feels great to land the offer and I know I will be in contact with Wisconsin now a lot more."

The 5-10, 170-pound corner holds additional offers from Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Tennessee. While he claims the Volunteers are his favorite, Shelley wants to look around with it being so early in the recruiting process, with one place being Madison.

"I talked about visiting Wisconsin a little bit with my dad, but haven't really went into details about it," said Shelley, who said Brown being a Tucker High alum was a plus. "Of course, I will definitely visit them in the future. Distance and weather will not a big factor for me. At that point, I will have been really grown and will make my own decisions like that. Being away from home, I mean it is a plus being close, but it won't matter to me."

In the past two weeks Shelley – a three-star prospect ranked the No.37 cornerback by Scout.com – has visited Florida State and Tennessee. He also is planning on spending the weekend in Georgia.

"I just want to see different schools, see what they all have to offer and what is different about each school," said Shelley. "It seems like every school has something different to offer with something special they have that nobody else has."

Although Shelley doesn't know where he will be playing college football, he does know that he will look to contribute in any way possible and will look to be a shut down corner for his team.

"I had a great junior season," said Shelly. "I scored several touchdowns on special teams. I had six interceptions and contributed a lot on offense, so I had a real good junior year. Most schools are recruiting me at cornerback and that is what I plan on doing, but also playing special teams is a plus for me. I think I am a real good man to man corner. In my school, we do a lot of different schemes, so also run zone. I think I play as a shut down corner and that is what I strive to be."


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