Plantation High cornerback Sojourn Shelton has been committed to Florida State since last June, but the 5-10, 155-pound cornerback, who has yet to fully fill out his undersized frame, is having second thoughts.
He said Sunday at the IMG Madden 7on-7 Tournament in Bradenton that he has some concern about recent coaching movement at FSU, and he named UCF and South Carolina as a pair of schools that have certainly perked his interest.
“I think [UCF] is a great school and just talking with coach [UCF’s new defensive backs coach Kirk] Callahan and him being a real coach he just explained to me the ins and outs of going to UCF,” Shelton said. “I think also some things that have grown on me a bit are things that Plantation High School alumni Josh Robinson [ex-UCF CB], who is right now in the top 5 of the NFL combine at corner, said … me and him sat down and had a talk and he was telling me how he loved it [at UCF] and one day that could be a good move for me.”
That would come as a welcome addition to Knights coaches and fans alike. Shelton is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He is ranked as the No. 18 corner in the country by Rivals.com, and he is ranked as the No. 41 overall player in the Sentinel’s 2013 Florida Top 100, and No. 5 cornerback in the state.
He has not visited the UCF campus yet, nor has he visited SOuth Carolina. He will not be ableattend the Knights next junior day on April 14, which is the same day he will take his ACT test.
“It’s only about three hours away from me though, so I’m sure me and my mom will get up there sometime soon,” he said.
As for South Carolina, he is equally interested.
“I love South Carolina and just talking with their coaches and looking over their depth chart, same thing with UCF, I see it as a place that I could potentially see myself going to as far as looking at other schools,” Shelton said.
He is still committed to FSU, however. He is just concerned about the departures of assistant coach Terrell Buckley, who left for Akron, and grad assistant coach Mikhal Kornegay, who left for Tennessee.
“That is where I am committed and I want people to know that,” he said. “I won’t be decommitting unless I know something might be better for me. I just have a concern that a couple of coaches that I had grown close, grew bonds with, which are some of the reasons I committed, they have left.
“I also have concern about how long Coach [Mark] Stoops is going to be there. He’s the person I feel comfortable with and his defense. If everything is good that’s where I’m going to be. Whatever college I’m going to, I’m going to enroll early, so I want to do this before the summer time.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun