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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Chapel Hill running back Tyre Shelton committed to Miami-Ohio on Sunday afternoon. He rushed for 1,017 yard during his junior season for the Panthers.

A day after finishing third in the Class AAAA Track and Field Championships in Rome, Tyre Shelton made one of the biggest decisions of his young life.

Late Sunday afternoon, Shelton tweeted that he has committed to Miami-Ohio to play football.

The Chapel Hill High running back said the timing was right to make the decision on his college future.

“They said they are only taking one running back in this recruiting class,” Shelton said when reached about his decision. “I liked the school and the coaches, and there was no point in keep waiting. I wanted to grab the offer before someone else did. I’m really happy with my decision.”

The 5-foot-10, 178-pound speedster also had offers from Army and Navy while Georgia Southern and Wake Forest has “shown strong” interest. Shelton said he decided not to wait on other offers when he had one on the table.

“It’s a good fit,” Shelton said.

Shelton has made two visits to the Oxford, Ohio, school in the last two months. He said the education at the school is what really sold him.

Miami-Ohio, which is none as the “Cradle of Coaches” as it list several coaching legends like Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, Paul Brown and Sid Gillman all had roots at Miami-Ohio.

On the academic side, Miami-Ohio constantly ranks among the top public and private universities in the country.

And Shelton has done his homework on the school.

“The school produces the third most CEO in the country,” said Shelton, who has a 3.8 grade-point average. “Getting a degree from there is just as good as one from an Ivy League school. I’m definitely excited about my opportunity to play right away and get a good education.”

During the 2016 season, Shelton rushed for 1,017 yards and nine touchdowns on 125 carries. He missed one game because of an injury as he helped lead the Panthers into the Class AAAA playoffs. In a playoff-clinching win over Cedartown, Shelton rushed for a county-record 415 yards on 25 carries and five touchdowns.

At last weekend’s state track meet, Shelton finished third in the 100-meters at 10.85 seconds at Berry College’s Valhalla Stadium.

Shelton rushed for 826 yards as a freshman with five touchdowns on 136 carries. His carries were reduced some as a sophomore because senior JaMarcus Morrissette returned to the lineup after sustaining a non-football injury in an automobile accident.

Coming into his final season, Shelton has rushed for 2,516 yards on 348 carries and 18 touchdowns. He has a career averaged of 7.2 yards per carry.

The Panthers will conclude spring practice on Friday with a scrimmage at Alexander.

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