IE Breakdown: Tee Shepard

After watching several highlight videos, we issue our overall breakdown of the first member of Brian Kelly's class of 2012. Tee Shepard should make Irish fans excited about the start of the next football recruiting class.

GENERAL BREAKDOWN

HT – WT – SPEED: Listed between 6-foot to 6-foot-1, Tee Shepard has the height you want to see at the cornerback position. Listed at 175-pounds, Shepard has a long frame will add weight and muscle when placed in a college strength program. Speed is listed at 4.5 in the forty; however, on film he shows great closing ability and a fluid running style.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE: Shepard has great body control and excels in all three areas. Even when it looks as if he's beat, he shows the ability to regroup and use his quickness and athlete ability to put himself in position to make a play.

STRENGTH: Hard to measure his physical strength, nevertheless, he shows good explosion from the lower body level which is a key I look for at skill players.

BODY FLEXIBILITY: Shows great and fluid hip turn, Shepard is capable of staying with a receiver while still keeping an eye on the ball. This one area is key in finding a player who can excel at the next level.

PRODUCTION: Shepard has enjoyed solid coaching working with defensive back guru Tony Perry since his junior high days. Listed as a corner, Shepard has all the tools to stay on the edge or move inside to the safety position. A high performer at several combines over the past couple of years, many expect Shepard to be a high-level performer at the college level.

ON THE FIELD

While many felt an offensive skill player would be the first commitment to the Class of 2012, picking up a high level defensive back was necessary for Notre Dame in this class. With a long and rangy frame, Shepard shows on the field the ability to cover a team's top receiver. While he still makes a few small mistakes, the ability to recover quickly and still make a play sets him apart from others across the country. One thing that impressed me on film was his ability to extend his arms above his body to make interceptions. This ability is not always seen from high school level defensive backs.

OVERALL

A great start to what should be another great recruiting class for Notre Dame. Anyone who follows the Irish questioned the ability of the staff to draw top-level players from across the country. After building one of the top classes in the class of 2011, Shepard places the Irish back at the top with their first commitment. Big things should be expected from Tee Shepard during his college career.


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