Plantation High cornerback Sojourn Shelton, who committed to Florida State last summer prior to his junior season, decided Tuesday to reopen his recruiting search.
Shelton said he spoke with FSU associate head coach Eddie Gran on Tuesday and that he had a positive conversation.
"It went well, to be honest. There are no hard feelings and it wasn’t anything like a problem or anything," Shelton said of his decommitment. He also said FSU is still a school he will consider. "It's just me opening back up my recruiting process.
"[FSU] has been so loyal to me and I didn’t want to go behind anybody's back when I start making these visits. I just want to make sure I've made the best decision and didn't commit too early. I graduate early in December and I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing."
Shelton said the schools on his list right now include UCF, as well as Wisconsin, Wake Forest, South Carolina, and of course, FSU.
He will evaluate the big picture and then decide what schools he will visit officially, but he did say Wisconsin is one of his destinations.
"It's just a matter of time and looking at schools to see what really will happen," Shelton said. "UCF is still in the picture. I just don’t want to jump the gun too early. I should know in a couple of weeks where I'm going to take my official visits, but for now I do know I'll take one to Wisconsin."
He is ranked as the No. 64 player in the state on the Sentinel's 2013 Florida Top 100 and also is the No. 13 player in the Sentinel's 2013 Palm Beach/Broward Super60. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 36 corner in country, while 247sports.com lists him at No. 44.
Shelton, a diminutive corner at 5-10, 150 pounds, is also a tad slower in straight-up speed compared to most of the top-ranked corners at 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His closing speed on the field, however, is what makes him stand out.
He makes gaps quarterbacks might see in coverage disappear in a blink and he has uncanny reaction timing to the ball.
Shelton, who was recently part of the group of 150 players around the country who were invited to Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., will also be taking part in Champion Gridiron Kings this weekend at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
"Yes sir, I'm very happy about that," he said. "It another chance to be at Disney Wide World of Sports and another opportunity to be competing with those guys who I was able to form a bond and friendships with at The Opening. I'm excited. It will be another fun weekend."
In March at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 Tournament in Bradenton, Shelton had hinted he might be opening his search, and talked a little more about UCF at the time.
“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 at that time. “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 was draft by the Minnesoita Vikings as the No. 66 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft] 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."
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