One of the top players on the West Coast this recruiting cycle is Auburn, Wash., standout Danny Shelton, who's picking up more offers and being recognized as a must-have prospect in the 2011 class.
Shelton's latest offer is from UCLA and the Bruins join California, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and Idaho on his list. The offer from UCLA is big, Shelton said, and it will be strongly considered as the process continues into his senior season.
"The newest offer I just received was UCLA and I just saw the paper (Tuesday)," Shelton said. "I like the weather a lot down there in Los Angeles and I like how they play on defense a lot."
UCLA secondary coach Tim Hundley is handling the recruitment of Shelton, a 6-foot-3, 300-pounder who said he and Hundley have a good relationship because, "he doesn't pressure me into attending UCLA. I like him a lot."
Shelton said Oregon was his favorite school but he's recently cooled on the Ducks because of their recent spate of off-the-field problems.
Although Shelton doesn't have an established top three he said Washington, UCLA and Oregon stand out the most. The Ducks have not been eliminated and Shelton said he'll still strongly consider them.
"I really like Oregon but there have been a lot of problems there," Shelton said. "My mom doesn't want me to be around problems like that. It was my No. 1 school before they started having problems."
Auburn safety Chris Young signed with Washington in February and so the Huskies could have an edge with Shelton, who said he's been getting a lot of mail from that program.
"I get to talk to Washington a lot since Chris Young is going there so every time they call Chris Young or he calls them I get a chance to talk to them, too," Shelton said.
Letters have been coming in from Alabama and LSU and Shelton said he likes both programs but hasn't had a chance to talk to either coaching staff yet.
Although all the schools recruiting Shelton at this point are on the West Coast, he said he is definitely interested in hearing from the Crimson Tide and Tigers. Playing in the SEC seems to intrigue him. Southern Cal has also been in touch.
"I get a lot of letters from LSU and Alabama but I never get a chance to talk to them," Shelton said.
"They're just advertisement letters. I like both of the teams. When I first started getting letters from them I was pumped and I wanted a chance to talk to them. I'm still waiting for that."