It took a while for Brandon Sheperd to put together a junior highlight package for college coaches. Better late than never.
"Things are starting to heat up and I'm excited about that," the Class of 2012 Wide receiver said. "I'm just keeping my options open and taking it all in."
Two more options recently landed on Sheperd's plate when Kansas State and Michigan State stepped forward with scholarship offers for the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Central High in Chesterfield, MO. He already held opportunities from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Northern Illinois.
"I'd like to make a decision before my senior season or two or three games in so it doesn't get in the way, but it's hard to say," Sheperd said. "There are new schools coming in and I want to get to know them. I hope to get it down to five during the summer and three by the start of the season."
There's a strong possibility that Iowa could make the cut.
"Oh yeah, I love Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and I like the program," Sheperd said. "I would like to be a part of that. If it comes down to my final decision, Iowa is a place I could see myself playing."
Sheperd unofficially visited Iowa along with Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.
"I like their offense," Sheperd said of the Hawkeyes. "I like the bowl winning, that they graduate players and they put players in the NFL."
Sheperd is leaning towards studying sports management in college.
"I'm looking for a family-oriented program where I feel comfortable and a school that can help me get a job," he said.
Sheperd, who reports a best-time of 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, describes himself as a physical receiver that can block, catch and get open. He's working out at a football academy these days to improve his routes and getting off the press. He also is running hurdles and sprint relays in track.
"I'd say the chances are probably 50-60 percent that we play together," Sheperd said. "We all have to make individual choices, but it if happens that we all choose the same college, it would be lights out."