Tyre Shelton sees his position switch as a win-win situation for him and his Chapel Hill teammates.
The rising senior has played mostly at the running back position during his previous three seasons on the varsity. Entering his final season in a Panthers’ uniform, Shelton will play the slot position in the Chapel Hill spread offense.
For Shelton, it will give him a taste of what to expect on the college level while providing the Panthers with more speed on the outside.
“Most college coaches have me projected at the slot position on the next level,” Shelton said following Tuesday’s seven-on-seven scrimmage against Villa Rica and New Manchester.
“Our receivers are really young, so I will add some experience,” Shelton said. “We have some talent at the position. This will definitely help me and the team.”
As primarily a running back last season, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder rushed for 1,017 yards and nine touchdowns. He had an 8.1 yards per carry average in 10 games on 125 carries.
He had nine receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown for a 8.7 per yard average.
“Some (college) coaches said they wanted to see more film of me catching the ball,” Shelton said. “I had a good number of catches last season, and I showed what I could do. I some people will be coming around once they see what I can do in the slot.”
However, Shelton said he is “fully committed” to Miami-Ohio. He committed to the school in May, a day after finishing third at the Class AAAA Track and Field Championship in the 100-meters.
With Shelton moving to the slot, rising sophomore Chancellor Lee-Parker will play the running back position. As a freshman last season, Lee-Parker rushed for 234 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. He had a 23.4 yards per carry average in nine games.
His best performance was a 111-yard game against Central-Carrollton, which included an 81-yard run on one of his three carries. Like Shelton, Lee-Parker was ran track, and was on the team’s 400 relay team.
Panthers coach Justin DeShon said he is “extremely excited” for the team’s potential at both positions.
“This just makes us faster,” DeShon said. “With Tyre, it is just hard to play him in single coverage. He is such a weapon. Chancellor gives us a lot of speed and he is developing into a good running back. I definitely feel good about the potential we have at both positions and the speed it gives us.”
Shelton said he has confidence in Lee-Parker.
“It adds more diversity to our offense, and will allow me to showcase my ability,” Shelton said. “I think it’s going to be hard to stop us.”