From the moment Beaver Dam junior running back R.J. Shelton stepped on the campus at Michigan State University, he knew it was the place for him.
“When we were back there during the football season, it was a great vibe,” Shelton said. “It just felt like I was home. It’s a beautiful campus and it’s where I want to be.”
Shelton confirmed that during an hour-long conversation with Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio Sunday morning, when he orally committed to Michigan State.
Shelton received his first scholarship offer from the Spartans a couple weeks ago. A week later, he received an offer from the University of Wisconsin, during its junior day.
“Coach (Bret) Bielema really liked what I did on the offensive side and they think I could play running back or wide receiver,” Shelton told BadgerNation.com after receiving the UW offer. "They liked what I did with my speed. They want me to choose with what I am most comfortable with.”
Shelton, a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, was a second team Associated Press all-state running back who ran roughshod through the Little Ten en route to earning Back of the Year honors. Shelton rushed for 2,048 yards on 218 carries and 32 touchdowns (33 total TDs) while leading the Golden Beavers to an 8-3 record.
During his three-year varsity career, Shelton has amassed 3,821 yards and 45 touchdowns.
Shelton also had offers from Minnesota and Iowa. But in the end, there was only one real choice for Shelton.
“Coach Dantonio stressed education,” Shelton said. “He stressed three things. The first thing is being a good person. The second thing is getting good grades and the third thing is championships.
“I’m basically ready to put on green and white. I want to show how successful I can be and win championships.”