JaCorey Shepherd Still Wishy-Washy Commit

After a spring verbal to Iowa, '11 Texas WR JaCorey Shepherd has sounded uncommitted about that commitment. Hawkeye Insider's Josh Harvey caught up with the Horn High star to see if could pin him down. Find out what he had to say in this premium recruiting update.

Two weeks ago JaCorey Shepherd created some buzz among Iowa fans when he told Scout.com he was 75 -80 percent firm on the Hawkeyes. After a new conversation with HawkeyeInsider.com yesterday, it's still unclear what he exactly meant.

"Schools have backed off a little bit, but not completely," said Shepherd. "Kansas and SMU are really recruiting me pretty hard. At this point, I'm not really having any second thoughts. I don't have any plans to take any visits."

With the dog days of summer almost here for Texas, Shepherd just wrapped up his 7-on-7 play last weekend. Mesquite Horn just nearly pulled out a trip to the state tournament which will be held next week at College Station. Shepherd never made it to state tourney during his four years of 7-on-7 eligibility.

"We got to the finals, but lost to Skyline (Texas 5A power) to go to State," said Shepherd. "It's doesn't really matter to me. This is the first year I have really tried to play 7-on-7s. Last year, I was playing in AAU basketball, so I didn't really get a chance to run with my team."

Unlike in previous years, the 7-on-7 tournaments were crucial for Horn's future success in the fall. The soon to be senior wide receiver has a new quarterback throwing to him. Junior transfer Collin Strahan will take over as the signal-caller. Last year he was a District MVP as a sophomore for 3A Nevada Community.

"He seems to really come in and do a pretty nice job," said Shepherd. "We had some pretty decent chemistry as a quarterback-receiver duo in the spring. I think we will be okay. I should probably increase my numbers."

If he does, it will be better than 46 balls for 672 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Mesquite Horn finished the season 6-5 last year, but are expected to be a seven or eight win team in 2010.


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