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After losing three defensive tackle commits over the last few months, Penn State re-focused on the position and quickly found a solution in Antonio Shelton. The former Illinois commit will join Ellison Jordan and JuCo transfer Tyrell Chavis in the race to fill the massive shoes of Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson. He already has the size to match one of them.
|High School||Westerville North|
|Positional Rank||#82 DT, #63 in Ohio|
|Commitment Date||January 31st, 2016|
Shelton already has plenty of size for the position. At 6'3" and 280lbs, combining him with a college weight program means he'll easily be able to be an anchor in the middle. He has surprising quickness with his first move for a high schooler his size, and is already a pretty solid run stuffer. As with most non-elite defensive line recruits, he needs to use his hands more, and he is also raw in the pass rush. Has the potential to be a solid DT at the collegiate level.
If Penn State weren't so lacking in defensive tackles, I'd feel way more comfortable about this. Shelton has bulk, but needs a lot of refinement to his game, and with the addition of Chavis he may get a full year to develop.