Danny Shelton has started to consider official visits and by all indications the four-star defensive tackle from Auburn, Wash., will stay in the Pac-10 to play college football. Where exactly is still up for debate.
Shelton, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect, said he'd like to officially visit Cal and probably Stanford and will start working on the dates soon.
"I've always been interested in Cal," Shelton said. "I just want to see how they practice when I go over there. I want to see how they work. With Stanford, it's pretty much the same way."
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In the past few weeks, Shelton has stopped by Washington's practice and he especially liked watching the Huskies' defensive line which he said has improved drastically from last season.
Coach Steve Sarkisian's club is under strong consideration by Shelton, rated as the No. 13 defensive tackle, No. 147 overall and second in the Washington state rankings by Rivals.com behind Huskies' commit Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a four-star tight end.
"That was interesting," Shelton said of Washington's workout. "I really liked the d-line and that was mainly what I was watching. I was watching how they work. I was impressed with the d-line, they're better than last year and they look better physically, too."
There is no word yet whether Shelton will visit Washington, Oregon or UCLA officially - he's been to all three schools on unofficial trips - but he said there's a good chance he'll try to schedule more official visits soon. Any or all of those three Pac-10 programs could get him again on an official.
California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Washington State are just some of the programs involved with Shelton, who said he's in no rush to make a decision.
"I'm going to start setting up official visits soon," he said. "I'll probably commit after the football season."