Shelton chose Mark Dantonio’s Spartans over the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers. Shelton committed when he visited Michigan State for Junior Day in February 2012. Even though he was courted heavily by the Badgers (and both his parents attended Wisconsin and were involved in sports at the university), Shelton chose the Spartans because he felt that it would be the best fit for him.
The three-star running back opted to move out of the state of Wisconsin, where he attended Beaver Dam High School, despite pressure to become a Badger.
This is Michigan State’s thirteenth signee of Signing Day, adding to a class that has 18 players in total. Of the 18 players, two are running backs, including Shelton. The 5’11″, 190 lb player will have to compete with Gerald Holmes for the starting slot left open by Le’Veon Bell. Shelton set Beaver Dam’s record for carries (612), rushing yards (5,092), rushing touchdowns (72), all-purpose yards (5,763), and total touchdowns (78). As Mark Dantonio pointed out on his Twitter announcement, Shelton’s rushing yards almost totaled 3 miles!
#13 RJ Shelton (Beaver Dam HS, WI) 5,000+ total yrds Almost 3mi, only thing that stopped him from 4mi was the EZ 72x 10.6/100M #Spartans2013
— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) February 6, 2013
With numbers like that, Shelton will be a valuable, possible starting, asset to his team in the 2013 season.