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From: Escondido, California
High School: San Pasquel
Craig Sheppard had 78 carries for 650 yards rushing and three touchdowns as a junior. He added 13 catches for 213 yards and seven kickoff returns for 230 yards and one touchdown.
Despite his offensive prowess, many schools are recruiting him as an athlete, meaning he could also possibly be a future corner without having ever played the position. "Wisconsin has offered me as an athlete but told me I will most likely be a running back if I go there," said Sheppard. "Utah says the same thing. I really like running back a little better, but I also like to hit people at cornerback."
The Badgers remain the lone written offer but that could change after Craig sees more action this season. "Ideally, I'd like to get around 15 carries a game this year. That would be more than last year and just perfect."
"I really like Coach (UA running backs coach Terry) Dunn. I am really looking forward to going there for the Wisconsin game. It seems ike Arizona has a lot to offer. Coach Dunn told me that he just wants to see some more film from me this year before potentially offering."
He attended the USC and UCLA one-day camps this summer. Criag sprained his ankle in Westwood, so he could not make the Texas camp. His father, Jim Sheppard, played for the Longhorns back in the early 70's.
Besides the UA visit, he knows he will be tripping to Madison sometime in December.
Craig descibes himself as a physical player and from a story he relayed to us, we see why. "Last year against La Costa Canyon, I was running down the field with my helmet off to make a tackle. Somebody had taken a chunk out of me and torn my head open but I didn't give up on the play. After the play, I went to the sidelines, got it checked out, and went right back in. After the game I went to the Emergency Room and had three staples put in it. I play like that because I absolutely hate losing."
Sheppard carries a 3.22 core GPA and scored an 1190 on his SAT. He would like to major in Business.