Player Journal: Russell Shepard

Cy Ridge quarterback and 2009 Texas target Russell Shepard gives the third of his player journals, allowing him to speak unfiltered. Shepard takes us day-by-day through last week, talking about his conversations with lots of big time head coaches, Texas dropping by Cy Ridge to see him again, his Top 5 schools and much more.

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Russell Shepard Journal Entry for January 28-February 1

Monday, January 28
To was a very interesting day. We went through some intense workouts outside and while we were working out, some man comes close to me. I look at him like I have seen you before. My coach tells me after the man leaves that it was coach Mike Sherman and that he wants me to be the next Texas A&M quarterback.

Today I did a photo shoot for a magazine called Southeast Texas Magazine. It will be coming to newsstands near you. Ha Ha.

A.J. Highsmith, Jacob Karam, Kolby Gray, Kenneth Guiton were all there as well. I think I am going to have to change my number because people have been calling me like crazy for interviews. I have even been getting stuff in the mail for autographs. I just called coach (Urban) Myer and we had a good conversation. He thinks I can come in and compete for the starting quarterback position with Tim Tebow probably leaving early.

Tuesday, January 29
I was in the weight room squatting today and I look up and Texas coach (Oscar) Giles was here. He is my recruiter from Texas he is the D-line coach. It was good to see him again.

But check this out, I was throwing with a couple of my receivers and coach (Rich) Rodriguez from Michigan was out watching me throw. Coach (Fred) Jackson was with him and he is my recruiting coach from Michigan. The head coach up at Oklahoma State was here as well.

I just got off the phone with coach (James) Patton and he is my recruiting coach from Oklahoma. I told him I would not be able to attend their junior Day February 2, but I am still interested in their school. He said it’s fine and that he and Coach (Bob) Stoops will be down tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 30
Today was a good day. I just got off the phone with Tom Lemming. He wants my cousin (Craig Loston) and I to come down to a local TV station on signing day to be on his national TV show. Last year juniors Terrell Pryor and Darrell Scott were on there.

Just got off the phone with coach Rodriguez. That man knows how to recruit and I am serious. That 15-minute talk made a world of difference. If they don’t get Terrell Pryor, I feel I can come and have the job handed to me. I also talked to the head coach at Kansas State. He is a good man and I see them in a BCS game next year.

Thursday, January 31
I just got invited to be on one of our local TV stations down here as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2009. Its called HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS LIVE. Tom Lemming also asked me to come on a local TV station to do an interview by satellite to New York. It’s getting kind of crazy with people calling and sending me mail. I think I am going to have to change my number.

Friday, February 1
The university of Virginia offered me today and I think that is 20 offers now. I didn’t think they would be rolling in like this. If I had to pick a Top 5, it would be Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and LSU (my girlfriend is a sophomore there). But knowing me that could change any minute. I am pretty excited about going up to Texas. If they don’t offer me while I am there, that will change the way I feel about them a lotttt.

Russell Shepard's player journal is also published on Texas Prep Insider, the Texas High School football site on the network

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