Washington Top Recruit; Auburn LB/DE Kevin Shelton

(Kevin Shelton 6-3 230 Jr. LB/DE Auburn)

One player who leads by example preferring to let his actions do the talking, is Auburn (Wa.) DE/LB Kevin Shelton, a 6’3″, 230-pounder who plans on making the Trojans’ 2011 season an aberration.

“We missed the playoffs for the first time in almost 10 years and none of us were happy about it,” Shelton told Northwest Elite Index matter-of-factly. “This season I think we have a team that can do some things, but we all have to improve and that starts with the leaders of our team.

“I don’t talk much on the field. I would rather let my pads do the talking.”

As a junior last fall, even with his team missing the playoffs and falling below expectations, Shelton had a solid season, posting 55 tackles and eight sacks.

“I felt I played okay, but there isn’t anyone on our team that couldn’t improve and that’s something we are all doing,” Shelton noted. “I’ve been in the weight room, trying to get stronger and just working on my overall game — technique, recognition — all that stuff.”

Shelton comes from great bloodlines — his older brother Danny plays defensive tackle for the University of Washington — and schools have already started to show him quite a bit of interest.

“I’ve been hearing a lot from Stanford, Washington, UCLA and Notre Dame,” Shelton said. “I don’t have any offers yet, but all of them have been talking to me about things and sending me stuff.

“Danny has been talking to me a lot about the process and just helping me through it. He talks about what I should look for and what should be important — academics, the program, the coaches, the players — and he said he’s there for me anytime I need anything.”

Shelton said he has plans to make it to a couple of Junior Days this spring — namely Washington’s — as well as several camps which he hasn’t decided on yet.

“I want to take my visits and decide after my season if at all possible,” Shelton added.

We will have more on Shelton in the future as he continues on through the recruiting process.

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