McShepard hopes to make his mark

After giving his verbal commitment in December, future Northwestern Wildcat Marcus McShepard is eager to make his decision official. With his eyes on the future, McShepard previews Signing Day with PurpleWildcats.

Name: Marcus McShepard
School: Cleveland Heights (OH) H.S.
Height, Weight: 5-11, 180
Position, Rating: 3-Star Cornerback

Scouting Report— Northwestern believes it has a steal with Marcus McShepard. The underrecruited defensive back impressed the coaching staff in summer camp, and improved through his senior season. McShepard has the tools to be a good player, but is very raw. Working with Jerry Brown, McShepard can develop into a decent defensive back.

On Signing Day, sitting before family, friends, and teammates, Marcus McShepard will offer gratitude to those who shaped him into a Northwestern Wildcat.

"I've been thinking about it since the day I committed," McShepard said. "It's one of the biggest days of my life. It's the rest of my future."

McShepard will put pen to paper on his letter of intent, before faxing it to the Northwestern coaches who won him over during a December official visit.

"We have a pretty good relationship," McShepard said of the NU coaching staff, comparing them to his high-school coaches.

Northwestern jumped into McShepard's commitment midway through the fall, months after his appearance at one of the Wildcats' summer camps.

During his official visit, the first weekend of December, he was sold on the program's atmosphere. He felt welcomed by the family-like feel, which made the difference in his decision. The three-star also held offers from Air Force, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami, Ohio, Toledo, and Western Michigan.

While in Evanston for the visit, McShepard bonded with committed cornerback Matt Harris. The two will be roommates when they arrive on campus.

"He's pretty chill," McShepard said. "I feel like I'm the same. We both, as soon as we met, got along really well. He's a lot like me. He has his goals set, but he can be silly at times."

McShepard, standing at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, will enter the Northwestern program as a cornerback. The coaches have also outlined the possibility of him playing the role of nickelback and working in the return game, too.

"That's what I've been playing all throughout high school, so it wouldn't be anything different," he added.

The only adjustment which McShepard must make is with the speed of the college game. He feels that will come naturally as summer practice progresses.

"I've certainly been thinking about that," he said. "I feel like once we get into practice and I start getting use to how it's run, I'll adjust quickly."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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