June 22, 2009

EMCC guard getting a second chance

Coming out of high school, Avis Shelton knew he was good enough to play big time college football.

But the former Mississippi All-Star never received a major college offer and signed with Division II West Alabama. Shelton even went through orientation but decided at the last minute to enroll at East Mississippi Community College and not give up on his goal.

"I kinda knew that I could play at a better school than West Alabama," Shelton said. "I really didn't get put out there while I was in high school. I believed that if I came to junior college I would have a second chance at doing that. I know that I'm a lot better than West Alabama."

Another thing that persuaded the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder to make the change was his high school teammate and best friend Quartney Cox. The duo has played side by side on the offensive line at West Point since junior high and kept that streak alive last season with the Lions.

"(Cox) switched over before I did," Shelton said. "I was actually at West Alabama for orientation and I called him while he was down at EMCC for summer school. He told me that he wasn't going to make it down to West Alabama so decided to come down here too so I could be beside him. We've talked about playing at the next level together a lot because he's my roommate down here."

Shelton has heard from a pair of Southeastern Conference programs thus far and could be set for his first offer as he enters his sophomore season in Scooba.

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