The past couple of months have been a busy time for Nick Shepard, from performing for scouts at the Army All-American Bowl’s National Junior Combine to making campus trips for junior day weekends.
“I haven’t really slowed down,” he said. “It’s pretty cool that my recruitment process is starting to heat up, so at least that is exciting. Getting to be around these colleges and their staffs also give me a good feel for where I can fit in.”
While he admits that playing on the same team as his brother Russell would be tough to pass up, Shepard said much of the same type of pressure would follow if the Longhorns offered a scholarship.
Last month, the Cypress Ridge High prospect took in each of the campuses. While no offers were extended, the buzz has left Shepard high on both programs.
“I would have to say that if all my ideal offers came, I would be down to LSU and Texas,” he said. “I don’t feel like I could go wrong at either place.”
On his trip to Baton Rouge, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound prospect was able to spend time with defensive backs coach Ron Cooper.
“Coach Cooper and I had a great Saturday, which we spent just talking about what he is looking for from defensive backs in the 2011 class,” Shepard said. “Coach Cooper told me that he hasn’t offered many guys, because he is the type of coach that wants to get kids into camps and practice settings to get a true evaluation.
“Coach told me he would come out to the high school and watch me practice this spring, and I went ahead and let him know that I would camp at LSU this summer,” he added. “If things are going to happen, he said it would go down then.”
Shepard is in the same boat with Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina.
“Coach Akina told me first and foremost to get my grades up, then he wants to see more of me during Cy-Ridge’s spring practices,” Shepard said. “Last March I broke my arm and Texas, or any schools, weren’t able to come watch me work out the entire offseason. He told me the evaluation would come over these next couple of months.
“Outside of those workouts, I will be at the Baton Rouge Nike camp this spring and a couple of other camps this summer,” he added. “While the offers haven’t come, I have gotten interest from a lot of schools like UCLA, Georgia and Texas A&M. I will probably go check out some of those places either in the summer or the fall.”