The feeling is mutual.
"I talk with Boise State almost every day. I'm in love with the Broncos," Sheard said. "Me taking a visit is good because I can see the school. It's far from home, but my dream growing up was to go to Boise State."
Sheard remembers seeing Ajayi when he was terrorizing defenses at Frisco Liberty High School in Plano, Texas. Sheard, rated the 89th best running back in the nation and a three-star prospect by Scout.com, tries to pattern his game after Ajayi's; meaning a lethal mix of speed, physicality and foot speed.
"That guy is good," Sheard said. "He motivates me because I'm big as well. I'm a bit bigger than him and I'm really fast. I'm going to do track this year to work on my footwork and balance."
Sheard holds offers from Tulsa, Texas State, Oregon State, Colorado State and the Broncos. He says head coach Bryan Harsin and Assistant Director of Player Personnel Antwon Murray on a daily basis. Harsin visited him during Boise State's most recent bye week.
"They said they like that I take care of my business and that I fit their program," Sheard said of his conversations with coaches. "They said I'm No. 1 on their list. They feel like I'm a good size and I would be great over there. I'm leaning towards Boise State because they really like me and I like them."
Sheard does not have plans to visit any other school and hopes to make a decision not long after returning home from Boise. He says this is good news for Bronco fans.
"I already know where I want to choose, but I want to check it out first," Sheard said. "My dream is to go pro, and Boise State will help me get there."
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