Like most people from the South, Malcolm Sheppard loves homemade biscuits.
Unlike most football players, Sheppard (6-3, 245) is comfortable being the one who makes them, not just the one eating them.
Sheppard, a defensive lineman from Bainbridge, Ga., committed to Arkansas in mid-December.
For much longer than that, though, Sheppard has been a cook.
He started cooking about five years ago. His specialty is biscuits made from scratch.
"When my mom was out of town, I had to eat something and I was tired of eating Corn Flakes," Sheppard said.
He's also working on his grilling skills, cooking everything from chicken to quail.
He isn't sure, though, if he'll be playing the part of cook for the
Razorbacks next season. That part, he said he'd leave — at least initially — to fellow defensive lineman Keith Jackson.
Sheppard is also an avid reader. He's currently working on Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money — that the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not.
Sheppard also plays basketball, but hasn't done that competitively since he was a freshman.
He says he leaves the competitive basketball to high school teammate Ray Dominguez, an offensive lineman whose own visit to Arkansas wrapped up last Monday.
Sheppard watched Dominguez score nine points in a loss Thursday night.
He hopes he's not the only Bainbridge High player heading to Fayetteville in the fall.
"I hope so," Sheppard said. "It's totally his decision but I'd love to be playing with him and rooming with him.
"It'd be a lot better with him there. I know if I had somebody there like Ray, it'd be a little more comfortable for me."
As soon as is possible — Feb. 1 — Sheppard plans to make his commitment official.
Sheppard was born in Augusta, Ga., before moving to south Georgia when he was 2 years old.
"You can actually bicycle ride to Florida from here," Sheppard said.
He aspires to be a football or a basketball coach. Right now, he is undecided on a major but is leaning toward kinesiology.
Since committing, Sheppard said he's spent some time at least checking in on Arkansas recruiting class.
"I keep looking at their commitment list," Sheppard said. "They're put in some real good players lately. I'm just glad my name is on the list with them."
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