Sheppard ready to experience Tiger Stadium

This weekend is Les Miles' first opportunity to host recruits for official visits and one of the top linebackers in the South is scheduled to be in town when the Tigers tangle with Tennessee.

Kelvin Sheppard, a 6-2, 222-pounder from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson, has heard the stories about a night game in Tiger Stadium but he is ready to see just how crazy it gets on the bayou when the sun goes down.

"I am very excited about experiencing a Saturday night in Death Valley," Sheppard told Tiger Rag. "I heard about it but now I can experience it. Coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto (linebackers coach) told me all about the earthquake game and the night they shook the earth. I can't wait to get down there."

Sheppard is scheduled to come in early on Saturday and plans to leave late Sunday or early Monday. He was not aware that there was another hurricane in the gulf that could potentially affect his plans and was bummed when he learned of the news.

"There is another one," he said when Tiger Rag told him the news. "I didn't know about that one. I guess I'll have to keep an eye on it to see what happens. I sure hope it doesn't mess things up again."

If Sheppard is able to make it to Baton Rouge this weekend it will be his second visit to Tiger Town.

"I went for an unofficial visit over the summer and I loved it," he said. "It was real nice down there."

What stood about his visit?

"The coaching staff and the people was real nice down there," he said. "I loved the new sports complex they are going to have. He coaches said they are going to have it finished this weekend and they will take me on a complete tour of it. That thing is going to be top of the line and I hear that no other school will have anything like it."

Plenty of coaches from other schools have tried to convince Sheppard that they have what he is looking for but now it appears that only six schools have a chance at landing the standout defender.

"I've basically narrowed it down to LSU, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Nebraska," he said.

For the past few months, Sheppard has had two schools ranked ahead of his other favorites but one school is making a strong push for his signature.

"LSU and Tennessee are still my top two but Georgia is moving up," he said.

Georgia may be moving up the list but Sheppard said LSU is making a strong statement from all of the attention he is getting from the coaches.

Is there any chance that he may give the Tigers his pledge this weekend?

"There is a real good chance I could end up committing this weekend," said Sheppard. "Coach Peveto knows there is a good chance of that happening too."

Sheppard's numbers: (Sr.) (4-0) 41 tackles and 2 sacks/(Jr.) 106 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks and 2 INTs/305 bench/415 squat

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