September 8, 2011
Shallman Will Make Return Visit to the Big House
Novi (Mich.) Detroit Catholic Central athlete Wyatt Shallman does it all on the field. The 6-3, 250-pound junior plays both ways for the Shamrocks, lining up as a defensive lineman and a fullback. Though he has been limited by injury early in the season, he has excelled at both positions.
Shallman was nursing a hamstring injury and played only defense in Catholic Central's first game, but made contributions on both sides of the ball in their second outing of the year. The Shamrocks won both games, and sit 2-0 on the season.
Though his high school season is top priority right now, Shallman is picking up plenty of recruiting attention as well. His senior teammate, defensive lineman Matt Godin, is already committed to Michigan. Since Godin has already been through the process, he's able to help Shallman deal with his recruitment. He also has a certain team in mind that he's like his younger teammate to pick.
The big question is which position he'll play once he reaches college. Nebraska, Wisconsin, Florida, and Florida State have shown interest in him as a defensive end. Tennessee is showing interest as a linebacker. Despite that, it's on the other side of the ball that Shallman really enjoys the game.
With that preference in mind, some schools, including Michigan, have offered him the chance to run the football at the next level. Shallman returned that interest by attending last weekend's game against Western Michigan. He liked what he saw out of the Wolverines, but thinks there is still a bit of room for improvement.
Shallman was impressed by the atmosphere and the chance to walk out of the tunnel at the same time as the Michigan team. He'll be back this weekend for the night game against Notre Dame, and he's looking forward to see if the Wolverines have ironed out some of the kinks in the offense.
Despite multiple college visits, Shallman has no plans to make a commitment any time soon. With a singular focus on winning the state championship with Detroit Catholic Central, he's putting the decision-making process on the back-burner until after the high school season comes to an end.
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