Shep's at work

After a dynamic senior season at Cypress Ridge, quarterback and LSU commitment Russell Shepard is ready to make the transition to Southeastern Conference football. This past weekend, the five-star signal caller made his way back to Baton Rouge once more, this time for his official visit.

"The weekend was a great time," Shepard said. "Being committed since last March, I have had plenty of time to find out everything that LSU is going to offer me. I just got a chance to look at some more on the academic side of things, which was where I have some big decisions to make."


"I went to the Manship School to check out some areas of mass communication," he added. "I also got a pretty nice tour of the marketing department, because I have always had a bit of interest in the finance side of things. I don't really know what I want to major in yet, so I am going to get into some classes next semester and see what areas I really like."


With the staff split between hosting prospects in Baton Rouge and making their rounds across the country on in-home visits, Shepard said that he was able to step in and lend a helping hand.


"Craig [Loston] rode down with me, and he had a great time," Shepard said. "He just called me up and said that he wanted to go with me. He has loved Baton Rouge every time that he has come into town, so there is not much to worry about. He is going to sit back and enjoy the process and close things out coming to LSU."


Shepard also helped out with another defensive back, Atlanta-native Darren Myles.


"I got a chance to hang out with Darren a lot this weekend," Shepard said. "I feel like he really loves it around LSU. I think that being from New Orleans originally helps a lot. Dexter [Pratt], Craig and I just stayed around him and made sure he was having a good time. I feel like he wants to get up with Craig and round out the backs for the class."


Returning to Houston, Shepard is ready to wind things down at Cypress Ridge and step onto the LSU campus in January.


"I am glad that the time is here," he said. "I had fun with my senior season and stayed focused in school, so now it is paying off with the chance to come in and enroll early. I am going to get my diploma and then be on campus in Baton Rouge to start next semester. LSU, here I come."

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