Sheppard adds to UA Flock

Arkansas adds Georgia prep defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard and North Little Rock linebacker Van Stumon to bump its verbal pledges up to nine in the 2006 class.

Bainbridge (Ga.) defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard (6-3, 260) said one of the reasons he officially committed to the University of Arkansas on Wednesday night is that he wants to be pushed.

He knows Razorback defensive coordinator Reggie Herring an UA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker will be more than happy to oblige.

"That's one of the main reasons I chose Arkansas. I like that defense. With the one I ran in high school, it was a privilege to do on defense what's mandatory at Arkansas — to be aggressive and go after the quarterback."

Sheppard spent time on his official visit last weekend watching is film with Rocker.

"He's the hall of famer," Sheppard said. "I loved watching that film. It's just like my high school defense, just more 'go-get it.'"

Bainbridge head coach Greg Guy said that's certainly something Sheppard did this past season with 26 quarterback hurries, 8 sacks and 58 total tackles.

"He is a very strong kid with great tenacity and great work ethic," Guy said. "He is a high major player who is going to have an impact right away.

"He lined up at both defensive end and defensive tackle for us and used his speed, but I think he will end up being a defensive tackle in college," Guy added. "He gets great leverage and is very deseving of the attention he is getting."

Sheppard took his official visit this past weekend to Arkansas and knew before he left he was going to commit on his Wednesday home visit with UA assistant Chris Vaughn.

He chose the Razorbacks over Southern Miss, UAB and Central Florida.

"I'm excited to come to Arkansas. I'm just expecting to do big things for the Razorbacks,"Sheppard said. " "It's a chance to compete in the SEC. None of the other schools could offer me that chance. I also enjoyed talking to all the coaches, especially Houston Nutt."

Guy said that Sheppard could have waited and likely had more offers, but understands about committing to Arkansas. "He was a little under the radar at first, but once we got some highlight tapes otu, people came running to talk to him," Arkansas' got on him early and has always been there and that means a lot to him."

Guy said Bainbridge also has a offensive tackle that Arkansas is recruiting in Ray Dominguez (6-4, 255).

He will probably be visiting in January said Guy with South Carolina, Southern Miss and East Carolina also recruiting him.

"He's actually just a first-year player after only playing basketball, but he showed what he could do this year in football and that's why schools are now on him," Guy said. "He's going to be a great one."


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