"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.