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Football: Top Taft player appears to be leaving

August 25, 2010 |  1:33 pm

Shaquille Shelton, a two-way starter at running back and free safety for Woodland Hills Taft, has withdrawn from school. He had not practiced in the last two weeks because of a knee injury.

Crenshaw could be a possible destination. Shelton and his father made an inquiry Tuesday about transferring to Crenshaw. He would have to move to be eligible immediately.

His departure from Taft will hurt the Toreadors. He has been a key defensive player for two years and was expected to be an important contributor on offense this season.

Taft Coach Matt Kerstetter was still hoping Wednesday that Shelton might change his mind. "I love the kid to death," he said.

-- Eric Sondheimer