Shepherd Talks Commitment

Having just taken his official visit to the University of Cincinnati, Clint Shepherd talks with Bearcats Insider about where he stands and what the future may hold.

Clint Shepherd may be one of the more less talked about commitments for the Class of 2010, but that doesn't mean his pledge to the Cincinnati Bearcats is one that should be taken lightly.

Shepherd, who issued his pledge in February to then head coach Brian Kelly, watched things unfold and knew enough about Cincinnati the university to give new head coach Butch Jones a chance to sell him on the Bearcats future.

"Coach Jones is wonderful," Shepherd told Bearcat Insider by phone. "I had a great visit and found Coach Jones and the other coaches to be very family like. Coach Jones is wonderful and I had a chance to sit down for my one-on-one with him and came away solid with my decision to be a Bearcat."

While programs like Wake Forest and Purdue tried to come into the picture, Shepherd didn't feel it was worth wasting their time in looking deep into another program. How hectic did it get?

"It hasn't been too terrible. Others tried to come into the picture but it didn't get too hectic as I was eager to meet the new coaching staff and give them a solid chance."

For Shepherd the whole recruiting process was more than just his decision.

"I'm very family oriented and my parents got a chance at dinner to get and know Coach Jones. They came away very impressed with him and found him to be very open and also very much about family."

How impressed was Shepherd with Jones and the Bearcats staff?

"I knew it would be hard to replace a coach like Brian Kelly but I really feel Cincinnati hired the right coach and right staff to get the job done. I'd give my visit a 10 as everything was great. They know how to recruit."

While there might have been some doubts after all the changes Clint Shepherd came away with the same feeling he'd had when he first made his verbal pledge to be a Bearcat.

"I'm solid, I'm not even looking. I had a chance to hang with the whole offensive line and I roomed with Kevin Schloemer another offensive lineman. Guys who play offensive line form a brotherhood and I came away feeling I was already apart of the UC o-line. Cincinnati has everything I need and there is no reason for me to look at any other program."

Shepherd feels Butch Jones and his staff are doing everything they can to keep what looks to be the highest rated class in Bearcats history together. He also felt many of the other pledges had the same feeling.

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