"This was my first time up here (to NC State)," said Shepherd. "This is a beautiful campus. They have top-notch facilities. They have an amazing offensive coordinator.
"It's been good. The coaches are great. It seems like a great town, great people."
Shepherd didn't camp with the Wolfpack because he already held a scholarship offer, allowing him to take an extended visit.
"I went to see the facilities, the football field, the library, the new student place they opened up, the rec center," he said. "I also had a chance to watch some of the drills out at camp."
While at NC State he spoke with Wolfpack sophomore tight end Cole Cook, who is also from Georgia.
"I talked to Cole for a while," said Shepherd. "He's a Georgia by so we kind of relate. It would definitely be a plus."
What stood out to Shepherd the most about the visit?
"This is one of the first places I've been to but like I said, the coaches seem like genuine guys and they're going to tell you what it is," he said. "They can make you a better football player by the time you're done here so it's definitely a good place to be."
Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Shepherd lines up all over the field for Buford (GA) High School. He plays quarterback, tight end, and outside linebacker, but is being recruited to play tight end on the next level. He already claims several scholarship offers from NC State, North Carolina, Missouri, UCF, ECU, Mississippi State, Iowa, and Iowa State among others.
As of now, he is in no rush to make a decision and doesn't claim a leader.
"I'm going to take my time," Shepherd said. "[I will] go see some places, see some campuses, meet some coaches, and just see what everyone has to offer."
He is currently not rated by Scout.com.