"Iowa was the first to offer me. I didn't really know much about them when they did, but I immediately went home and started doing some research. It didn't take long to realize how good the offer was. They are a pretty good school," said Sheperd to HawkeyeInsider.com. "There was a sense of relief, knowing that I had a place to go.
"I like the offense and I like how they put guys in the NFL. That is one of my goals in life. I could see myself playing in their offense."
In an offense that is not exactly receiver friendly, Sheperd caught 20 balls averaging over 22 yards a catch and finding the end zone six times. He also registered time on defense, collecting 52 tackles, six sacks, and two interceptions as a safety.
"I want a school that is a family oriented, a place that is fun, but safe. A place that I can get playing time and learn the game every year," said the projected receiver. "Iowa's junior day was pretty fun. I sat around and got to eat with the coaches. It was nice, because I was able to get to know them a little better.
"I'm thinking about waiting to commit until after my senior year. I want to see what my quarterback does. I'm probably going to try to stay with him. He doesn't have any offers right now, he just hasn't gotten the opportunity to play, because he was a behind a two year starting senior."
Sheperd will have a busy schedule of the next month. He plans to make stops at Missouri and Rutgers. Also, he has been invited to a 7-on-7 even in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has plans to attend the Nike Combine in Fort Worth, Texas (HawkeyeInsider.com will be there).