The state of Georgia has been traveled up and down by running backs coach Thomas Brown and one of his first targets he offered when he was hired was to a prospect from his alma mater in Tucker (GA) junior cornerback Duke Shelley. That connection has paid off as the physical corner is scheduled to visit Madison this upcoming weekend.
"I have been wanting to go to Wisconsin for awhile now, so actually having a scheduled visit and being up there this week is going to be exciting for me," Shelley told BadgerNation. "I am very excited and ready to see the campus, get a feel for the school, coaches and players. I am just looking forward to it.
"I am very interested in Wisconsin. I wouldn't waste my time if I didn't feel they had a shot. I am just going to enjoy my visit and see how everything goes. Wisconsin is definitely high up there right now. For my knowledge, I am supposed to be going into the film room and going over some things like how I might fit into their scheme and watching a couple plays. I want to also see how they will be coaching me up and things like that."
The 5-10, 170-pound corner sits as the No. 74 ranked cornerback in the nation and a three-star recruit by Scout.com. Shelley currently holds offers from Clemson, Georgia, South Florida and Tennessee, but really likes the bond he has developed with Coach Brown over time.
"Coach Brown is my recruiting coach and he also played at my school, so I have been building a good relationship with him," said Shelley. "He is a real good coach and a real good guy. He is straight forward and that is kind of how I want things to be. I don't like coaches to beat around the bush and so he is very straight forward. He tells me a lot of things that are going on and makes sure he talks to me at least once a week. He is a good guy."
Shelley is not the only Georgia native to be visiting Wisconsin, as Loganville (GA) Grayson junior outside linebacker Mohamed Barry is making the trek up as well. Both are good friends and the possibility of playing at the next level has not been laughed about.
"We talk every now and then," said Shelley. "Mohamed is a really cool guy and I love to play with him and tried to get him actually to Tucker (High School) this year, but didn't work out. I love his motor and I love to play with that guy any day."
Even with a lot of excitement building around this upcoming weekend at Wisconsin, Shelley is still sticking to his timeframe.
"I am not in a rush to get anywhere because I feel like everywhere has something different than another school that they don't bring to the table," said Shelley. "I don't want to jump the bandwagon that quick. I am not worried about committing right now. Late October and early November is when I plan on committing somewhere. Right now, I am just trying to visit all the schools I have interest in and compare that way. I wouldn't say I really have a leader or a top list or anything like that either. I want to take the process slow."
The only scheduled visit Shelley currently has planned is for Wisconsin, but is also trying to get to Kansas State, Georgia and possibly Florida if they offer this summer.
One of the many prospects visiting Madison this weekend, Tucker (GA) High cornerback Duke Shelley is mainly interested in Wisconsin because of the relationship he has built with running back coach Thomas Brown.