Friday, June 29, 2012

KU football completes signing class with addition of linebacker Jon Shelby


Kansas football coach Charlie Weis announced the addition of junior-college linebacker Jon Shelby on Friday.

Shelby is the 27th and final member of Weis' 2012 recruiting class.

Shelby comes to KU after spending his first two years at Nassau Community College in New York. While there, he teamed up with fellow KU signee Aslam Sterling to help the Lions to a 19-2 mark, which included an 11-0 record in 2010 and No. 3 NJCAA ranking.

Shelby played in all 21 games at NCC, posting 82 tackles and 59 solo stops. He also recorded 12 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

A native of Brockton, Mass., Shelby was honored as a first-team All-Northeast Conference member at linebacker in 2011.

Shelby played at Brockton High School prior to attending NCC. He averaged 20 tackles per game his senior season and also had four sacks and three fumble recoveries while playing both inside and outside linebacker.


Bobby Burch 10 years, 1 month ago

Welcome and Rock Chalk, Mr. Shelby! HCCW seems to have found a lot of quality junior-college players ... hope it translates into some wins.

sokanhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

This should give us some depth behind Tharp, Miles, and McDonald. Does anyone know why he waited so late to sign? We're any other D-I schools after him?

KGphoto 10 years, 1 month ago

And behind Bakare, and Willis, and Kande, and Heeney. Not to mention Opurum and Reynolds. I'm not too worried about depth at the LB. This guy will redshirt or be special teams.

Chris Bailey 10 years, 1 month ago

This link shows he was recruited by Syracuse, Temple, Rutgers, and UMass. He had offers from all 4 of them.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 1 month ago

Not a whole lot of info out there, but nice that Rivals refers to him as "a speedy linebacker".

texashawk10 10 years, 1 month ago

Info on this kid is pretty hard to find right now, anybody who can find some info like height and weigh or anybody else who was looking at this kid out there?

ltownatrain 10 years, 1 month ago

Nassau Community College had him listed as 6'2" 205 lbs last season. So if they are like most schools that probably places him around 6'0" 190-195ish since most programs list people as being bigger. This is definitely great news though.

Kman_blue 10 years, 1 month ago

He was 6'2", 190lbs. in high school, so I think the 6'2", 205lbs. is close to being quite accurate for him. He looks it at least.

ltownatrain 10 years, 1 month ago

For those who haven't been there yet, it is not the best site but here is NCC's football website, which, should give you some more tools to research Aslam and Jon with links to stats and such.

roadwarrior1969 10 years, 1 month ago

20 tackles a game?!?!?!?

I don't think anybody on our D the last 2 years had 20 tackles between them.

Sounds like a Willie Pless type guy in numbers

ltownatrain 10 years, 1 month ago

That was high school. At Nassau he had 82 in 21 games, which, is roughly an average of 4 per game.

Kman_blue 10 years, 1 month ago

He had 61 tackles last year in 10 games, for an average of 6.1 tackles per game.

And apparently you don't remember Steven Johnson from last year and the year before who had 124 tackles last year which comes out to 10.3 tackles per game leading the Big 12 in both categories. He had 95 tackles the year before also, which was good enough for 2nd in the Big 12. He was 1 of the lone shinning stars on that D.

clevelandjayhawker 10 years, 1 month ago

im excited, even though we play in the strongest conference and there are no easy games, welcome Jon and Rock Chalk Jayhawk

kellerman411 10 years, 1 month ago

Hey ahperse, breaking news just in!!! College kids smoke weed. Crazy I know.

Chris Bailey 10 years, 1 month ago

I never did. I was always too scared my dad would beat the hell outta me! Plus I never needed help with having the munchies!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 1 month ago

The really amazing thing is that one report indicates that only 2-4 players out of a dozen or so smokes pot.

Micky Baker 10 years, 1 month ago

The important thing is the depth. I hope HCCW doesn't treat recruits like Gill and Mangino did. I remember Gill and his staff saying that speed could be harmful if they're in the wrong position, but maybe it was the lack of speed that got them in the wrong position, and the lack of work ethic and discipline under Gill.

I think HCCW's first recruiting class is a step forward for the University of Kansas, and I think these kids will take pride in their performances on the field and the classroom.

april28 10 years, 1 month ago

It looks a little like Campo is focusing on getting mobile guys, who can play in space. By creating depth among the LB corps, he can sub guys frequently, keep them fresh, sharp and fast.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 1 month ago

I'm excited to see what Campo and Weis can do with what they have (way more than expected?) and then see some positives with Ianello and Reggie + recruiting.

Ben Kliewer 10 years, 1 month ago

Anybody else reading this article keep accidentally reading it "Josh Selby?"

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