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UCLA makes impression on Shelton

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Danny Shelton was late to UCLA's camp but that didn't stop the Auburn, Wash., defensive tackle from dominating at times. It also didn't hurt the Bruins' chances with the 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect because he said UCLA has emerged as one of his favorite schools.
"I wasn't 100 percent because of my flight but after that I just got warmed up and I had to catch up with everybody doing their drills," Shelton said. "I had a fun time there and it was pretty exciting to compete against some of the more competitive West Coast kids and I got to see some of the coaches there, too.
"My first priority was to just get there on time but that didn't happen. I had to just warm up, I wanted to get through the camp and give the coaches a good impression of me and show them what I do and then get a chance to talk to all the coaches after the camp. It was pretty exciting. I liked the weather there. It was just right. I'd definitely say they're in my top five on my list."
UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Cal and Stanford made the top five for Shelton, a four-star prospect rated No. 13 at his position, No. 138 nationally and second in the Washington state rankings behind four-star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
The Bruins have made a big move for Shelton, who finished with 55 tackles and three sacks last season, but he's nowhere close to a decision. Other than his trip to UCLA, Shelton has been to Oregon State's camp but he wants to get out and see more schools before making a decision.
He said so far UCLA and Oregon have made the biggest impression on him but he wants to take more trips before making a commitment.
"I'm trying to go to the camps to check out the schools," Shelton said. "That will give me a little idea of what they look like. So far the camps I've been to have given me a good impression on the schools.
"The next step is I'm still going to try to check out some other schools. The schools that caught my eye when I went to visit were Oregon and UCLA so far. I still have to see some new schools so I'll probably wait until closer to the end of the season to commit."
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