Two Texans have heeded the advice of Horace Greeley and headed west. Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley and Allen offensive lineman Will Sherman have pledged to Utah and Colorado.
Shelley announced his intent via Twitter.
“Thank you God for this blessing,” he posted. “Go Utes.”
247Sports rates the 5-11, 160-pound signal caller as a three-star prospect. Recruiting analysts believe Shelley’s intangibles more than compensate for his lack of height.
According to Hornsports.com, the quarterback moves well in the pocket and doesn’t rely solely on his legs when pressured. The site considers his passing accuracy top notch and feels a spread offense fits his talents perfectly.
Shelley picked the Utes over Clemson, New Mexico, Utah State, Virginia, and SMU. Last season, he threw for 3,716 yards and 39 touchdowns while rushing for 1,661 yards and 21 scores. In 2015, he led the Rangers to the Class 5A Division II title game where Lone Star lost 22-6 to Cedar Park.
The quarterback becomes the third Texan in the Utes 2017 class. Previously, cornerbacks and twin brothers, Zyon and Tristin McCollum, of Galveston Ball committed to Utah.
Sherman also rates three stars from Scout, Rivals, and 247Sports. Although he started at tackle last season for the Eagles, recruiting services project the 6-3, 295-pound offensive lineman as a guard or center in college. Analysts cite his quick feet, speed off the snap, and pulling ability as attributes that make Sherman a quality prospect for the Buffaloes.
“My footwork and my ability to get to the second level to block is something coaches say they like about me,” he told Rivals. “I am a hard working lineman that is determined. I have a lot of experience playing at the highest level of high school football in Texas.”
Sherman opted for Colorado over California, Houston, Kansas State, Illinois, and Mississippi State. He brings the Buffs commitment total for 2017 to 17 including six from Texas. The offensive lineman joins Lone Star natives Laviska Shenault (wide receiver, De Soto), Jaylon Jackson (wide receiver, Cedar Hill), Grant Polley (offensive lineman, Denton), Chris Miller (defensive back, Denton), and Alex Fontenot (running back, Richmond George Ranch) as future Buffaloes.