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Shelton has two Pac-10 favorites

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Danny Shelton is headed to Oregon this weekend to see the Ducks play Arizona and the Auburn, Wash., four-star defensive tackle is excited about the trip because they are one of his two favorites and he hasn't seen Oregon play all season.
Shelton, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect who also has Washington high on his list, attended a junior day in Eugene but this will be his first game-day experience inside Autzen Stadium.
"This is going to be the first time I get to watch them play," Shelton said. "I haven't had a chance to watch them play yet on television so this is going to be a good experience for me.
"I went over there for a junior day and got to walk on the field and it's a really nice atmosphere."
Shelton will take his Oregon official visit and he's already been to USC which was also an impressive trip. Oregon and Washington stand out most to him but the Trojans are also making a push especially after his trip to Los Angeles.
"I liked USC a lot," Shelton said. "Being able to walk around in the Coliseum and watch a game was really cool. I never thought I'd be able to do that.
"Basically, they showed me the academic program and we talked about playing time and they gave me a good look. I got to hang out with the coaches and their families and the players, too."
Another trip to Southern California is probably unlikely for Shelton, who is being recruited by UCLA but because he cannot get his brother an airline ticket a trip to see the Bruins might not happen. UCLA is still being considered, Shelton said, but an official visit will be tough.
A final official visit to Washington will probably happen but Shelton, who said he doesn't plan on committing until late January, isn't sure of dates yet. He'd like to take a trip to see the Huskies though since they're one of his favorites.
"I'd say they're still up there with Oregon," Shelton said. "They're a close school and I've been to a lot of their games before. I've been around campus and I know a lot of the players that go there, too.
"I know if I went there I'd fit in with them easily because the guys there that I know are pretty cool and they'd treat me the same as they treat the others."
Rivals.com rates Shelton No. 12 at defensive tackle, No. 147 nationally and second in the Washington state rankings behind four-star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is already committed to the Huskies.
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