24 February 2012
Sojourn Shelton Scouting Report (FSU Commit)
* Change of direction
* Foot quickness
* Long speed
Shelton was FSU's second commit for the 2013 recruiting cycle having accepted an offer after a stellar showing at the 2011 Jimbo Fisher Camp. An incoming junior at Plantation High School at that time; Shelton was one of, if the best cover guys at the event. Now Shelton is a smaller corner, measuring in at just under 5-9 and 160 pounds. But, he is a player who possesses excellent hip turn ability which allows him to smoothly transition out of his backpedal. One thing I've noticed is that Shelton has improved from his sophomore to junior seasons in the area of staying low in his stance. Not only at the line, but also through his backpedal, which helps his ability to turn and run with receivers deep. Shelton shows discipline and savvy beyond his years as he keeps his eyes locked unto the midsection of his assigned receiver, and often disguises his coverage responsibility by showing press-man at the line and then passing the receiver off into the intermediate zone. His two best attributes are probably his quick feet and length as he possesses a very long wingspan for a player of his height, enabling him to play bigger than his listed measurables. Very willing to press receivers at the line and will generate his share of PBU's and interceptions due to his length and the great awareness that he shows in being able to locate the football in the air. He is one of the most aggressive kids I've seen this year in terms of attacking the football while it's in flight.
Shelton showcases elite foot quickness that allows him to mirror receivers as they get in and out of their breaks. His long speed is a concern as there are instances in which a receiver is simply going to win on the route and create separation. Shelton will need to improve his long speed in order to make up ground in instances where a receiver gets a step on him. Right now, he best projects as a zone corner at the college level with very good plant and drive ability. Will need to bulk up at least 15 pounds in order to have the overall strength to effectively play both press-man at the line, and re-route receivers through zones. Is a willing tackler and flashes some aggressiveness in pursuing ball carriers, but will need to improve his technique in order to be able to bring bigger wide receivers and running backs to the ground consistently. His size will remind some of Greg Reid, but Shelton utilizes a more disciplined style of game and is less reliant on taking chances, preferring to use his elite quickness and technique to put himself in position to make game changing plays.
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