2011 Texas Wideout Decides On Iowa

It didn't take long after his trip to Iowa City for Texas native JaCorey Shepherd to verbally commit to the Hawkeyes. The 2011 WR talked about his decision and more when HI.com caught up with him.

I spoke to JaCorey Shepherd Monday night and he told me that he was close to committing to Iowa but wanted to think about it some more. It sure didn't take long.

Tuesday morning, the Class of 2011 wide receiver called the Hawkeye coaches to deliver the good news. I asked the Texas native if it came to him in a dream last night.

"Nah," he replied laughing. "I just wanted to run it past my parents and coaches one more time. I was going to do it (Monday), but I just wanted to make sure. I'm sure."

Shepherd said the commitment of fellow wide receiver Marcus Grant Monday night didn't affect his decision to make the call on Tuesday.

"It would have happened either way," said Shepherd, who visited Iowa City over the weekend and saw 23,000 fans come out to watch an open practice. "I really liked it out there and they were the first to offer me. That meant a lot.

"Schools are asking about me now, but they want to see me play. Iowa offered off of my tape. That says a lot."

Shepherd caught 46 balls for 672 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from Horn High in Mesquite led his district in punt returns. He earned the District 11-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year this past season.

Texas Tech and Utah were showing interest in Shepherd, but Iowa was his only scholarship offer to date.

"We talked a lot about me coming in and having a chance to play right away," Shepherd said of his conversations with Iowa receivers coach Erik Campbell and head coach Kirk Ferentz. "I asked them what they wanted me to work on, and they said to just keep doing what I'm doing and they'd teach me when I got there. They like my athleticism."

Shepherd hit it off with both coaches.

"Coach Campbell is real cool," the recruit said. "He's done a great job preparing guys for the next level and I hope he can do that for me. Coach Ferentz really knows what he's doing. I know he's going to be there for me during college."

Shepherd was impressed with Iowa City. He got a chance to check it out when he was away from the football facilities on his visit.

"It kind of reminded me of some of the college towns in Texas," he said. "It's really clean downtown and it seems like it's made for students."


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