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Four-star Sheffield focused on five

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The Peach State produces some very talented travel teams every year, and Game Elite -- formerly known as Worldwide Renegades -- is usually one of them. This year's team just might be one of the best teams they have ever put together as they are still undefeated in the first year of the Adidas Gauntlet.
A big part of their success has been the play of four-star wing Marcus Sheffield.
"I've been playing really well, especially last weekend," Sheffield said. "Our team played well up in Indianapolis. We're 10-0 in the adidas tournaments, and I think we're the only team that is undefeated still."
Sheffield has been a hot commodity for schools all around the country with his combination of talent and a strong academic background.
"I've been talking to Stanford, Kansas State, Clemson, Houston, Georgia and a few other schools lately. I'm focused on those five schools right now, but it could change."
The 87th-ranked player in the 2015 Rivals150 used his first official visit recently by taking a trip out to Stanford.
"The visit to Stanford was fun. I liked it. It was my first time going to California. We toured the campus, met some of the players, and I played with them in open gym. I like their coaches too."
Houston is the newest school to enter into the mix for Sheffield. After only a month of recruiting him, the Cougars appear to be a serious player for his signature.
"After the open period, they started calling me. I like their new coaches. I talk to both Coach Sampsons, Coach Kellen and Kelvin. I like them and what they are trying to do."
Clemson was among the first schools to recruit and extend a scholarship offer to Sheffield and have stayed on him hard ever since. It also helps the Tigers to have a former teammate of Sheffield on the roster in Jaron Blossomgame.
"I like Clemson's program. I've been talking to them for a while. They are good people. They had a really good season and surprised a lot of people. I think they'll be better next year too."
Like Clemson, Georgia surprised some people by finishing near the top of the SEC after a slow start. Despite a change on the staff with the coach recruiting him, the Dawgs still have a chance to keep Sheffield in-state.
"Georgia surprised a lot of people too with their season. They tied for second in the SEC this year. Their change on the staff doesn't really affect me because I've known Coach Yasir [Rosemond] for a while now. They just picked up where they left off. I still talk to Coach [Mark] Fox a lot too."
Sheffield maintains open to all schools and has yet to set a deadline for when a decision will come.
"I don't really have a timeline for making decision. I'm just going to commit whenever it feels right. It will probably be before basketball season this year."
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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