Mount Juliet, Tenn., junior cornerback Josh Shelton was called to the front office during school Tuesday. Once there, he got a pleasant surprise when he was told Arkansas had become the first school to offer him a scholarship.
"My [trainer] was there; he played the message back," Shelton said. "I was just like, 'Whoa.' When he told me, I was so excited."
Shelton, who is 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, was surprised Arkansas was first to pull the trigger.
"I thought Ole Miss would be the first," Shelton said. "Last summer, I went down to a camp and talked to the coaches."
Besides Arkansas, Shelton continues to hear from the Rebels, along with Mississippi State. This weekend, however, his focus will be on the Razorbacks when he makes his first visit to the school.
"I'm going out there Saturday," Shelton said. "I'm very excited to see what the program has to offer. I don't know too much about them. But I know [NFL tailback] Darren McFadden went there and was real good. I've been watching him since I was a kid. I've always liked [Arkansas]."
According to Shelton, it's too early to think about leaders. Right now, his primary objective is improving his game, so more offers will come his way.
"I'm keeping my options open right now," Shelton said. "We're all excited. But I'm still working hard. I'm about to get out of the car right now and train."