Antonio Shelton was one of the final commits in the 2016 Penn State recruiting class, a class that has paid many dividends on the field for coach James Franklin. Shelton flipped to Penn State from Illinois, a three-star defensive tackle who redshirted his first season in the blue and white due to the depth in front of him on the interior of the defensive line.
This is a new year, though, and the two starters at tackle (the Cothraen) have departed. The likely starters at tackle are Robert Windsor and Ryan Buchholz, who were the standins in the two-deep last year, but Shelton saw time last season and even recorded 1.0 sacks for his trouble in limited time.
In addition to moving up the depth chart, Shelton was a highlight of this past April’s Blue-White game, so look for him to make an impact on the field this fall.