The Texas Horn High wide receiver de-committed from Iowa on Friday in favor of the Jayhawks. The Class of 2011 member said Kansas offered him a scholarship in May.
"I really wasn't looking," said the 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver, who verbally committed to Iowa on April 20. "Kansas came through with the offer and I did some background and found out that they run the same spread offense as we do in high school. The only thing I worried about with Iowa was getting the football."
Shepherd and his mother visited Lawrence this week.
"I really like the coaches and the system," he said. "It was the best fit for me."
Shepherd had 46 catches for 672 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior and led his district in punt returns. He was the District 11-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2009.
Scout.com ranks Shepherd as a three-star recruit on its five-star scale. He's rated as the 70th best receiver nationally in the class.
Iowa received its 12th verbal commitment on Friday morning when Omaha linebacker Cole Fisher pledged his allegiance to the Hawkeyes. The program slipped back to 11 verbals with the Shepherd exit.
Hawkeye receivers coach Erik Campbell identified Shepherd early in the recruiting process and Iowa offered him a scholarship ahead of everyone else.
"He was pretty disappointed," Shepherd said of his conversation with Campbell on Friday. "He said he was shocked and that he really wanted me. Hw wished me the best."