The Washington Huskies were looking at a 2013 recruiting class that was a little light on the offensive line, one of the weakest aspects of the team in 2012. One late official visit from a California recruit helped changed that, and adds some much needed heft to the Huskies’ recruiting class.
Coleman Shelton, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle out of Los Angeles, California, quickly committed to Washington following his visit on the last weekend of recruiting before national signing day February 6. Shelton came away from Seattle very excited about the program, saying he “had a great visit,” and can’t wait to get on campus this summer.
Shelton has been a bit under the radar this recruiting season, and the varying recruiting services have differed on his potential at the next level. Scout has him unranked as an offensive tackle while Rivals ranks him as a three-star center. The evaluators may be split on him, but he held offers from three Pac 12 programs, including the Cal Bears, Colorado Buffaloes and Washington, among other FBS offers, so there must be something there.
Even if Shelton doesn’t become an impact player in Seattle, however, he’ll bring some much needed depth to the offensive line. The LA-native is the third offensive lineman for Steve Sarkisian‘s 2013 recruiting class, joining four-star standout Dane Crane and Andrew Kirkland. Adding bodies to one of the worst lines in the country, which gave up 38 sacks last season (tied for No. 102 in the country, tied for No. 7 in the Pac 12), will go a long ways in finding a combination along the front five to keep quarterback Keith Price upright in 2013.
It isn’t the flashiest pickup for Washington as signing day approaches, but getting Shelton into the mix will be important for the long-term success of the Huskies as they attempt to improve the offensive line.