Posted at 12:00pm 2/6/2015

GBMWolverine Message Board Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recent commitment Shelton Johnson.

Michigan certainly has been desirous of a better pass rush the last several years. One possible solution signed a letter of intent on Wednesday: his name is Shelton Johnson from Delray Beach, Florida. He is a high three/low four-star recruit.

His weight may be a reason some folks grade him down. But at 6 5, Johnson should be able to easily add 25 pounds within two years to his 220-pound frame. Shelton had some impressive offers including Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Louisville, and Mississippi State.

Shelton Johnson
Height: 65
Weight: 225
Number: 7
Current Position: Defensive End
Future Position: Defensive End
City/State: Delray Beach, Florida
High School: Atlantic Community
Head Coach: T.J. Jackson
Recruiter: D.J. Durkin
Committed: 2/4/2015
Visited Michigan: 1/16/2015
Top 5 other Offers: Florida State, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
Other Official Visits: Miami (FL) (1/23/2015), Virginia Tech (12/12/2014).
Class: 2015 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).



Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.

6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at Footballs- 7 1/2 footballs (today, potential to be much higher).

Side Note: Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.


Shelton is a long and lean pass rushing defensive end. He recorded 100 tackles and 27 sacks. He is athletic enough to play in a two-point stance. Our opinion is he will probably grow into a strong side defensive end. No GPA was listed.


The key word here is potential. Johnson has a very high ceiling, being very athletic for a player of his size. Shelton moves well and plays hard and has the frame to add necessary weight and strength. Film shows very good pursuit skills and lateral quickness.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Shelton is highly skilled, but also very raw. He needs to be more consistent with his pad level. Also needs to learn to use his hands better and shed blockers. Shelton needs to play with more explosion. He does have the athletic ability to be explosive, but just needs to improve his get off.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.

Shelton Johnson reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of Former Michigan Football Player Shawn Crable who played defensive end.

2015 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class:

Michigan received fourteen players on signing day with Brian Cole (WR), Alex Malzone (QB), Andrew David (K), Tyree Kinnel (DB), Grant Newsome (OL), and Jon Runyan Jr. (OL), Zach Gentry (QB), Reuben Jones (DE), Nolan Ulizio (OL), Karan Higdon (RB), Keith Washington (DB), Tyrone Wheatley Jr. (TE), Shelton Johnson (DE), and Grant Perry (WR).

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Shelton Johnson to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Written by GBMWolverine Message Board Staff CoachBT, Doc4Blu, and ErocWolverine

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