Shepard Feeling Good

Irish Eyes caught up with the first verbal commitment of Brian Kelly's 2012 recruiting class, defensive back Tee Shepard.

Tee Shepard's status as the first member of Brian Kelly's recruiting class has paid dividends for both the Irish and for the Fresno, California native.

Irisheyes.com caught up with Shepard after the 5-star cornerback returned home from Florida and the Gridiron Kings event for an update on his summer.

"I'm good," Shepard said. "It was good at the Gridiron Kings and it was a great experience going against the best of the best."

One thing Irish fans have been hearing about over the past few weeks is the legwork members of the current 2012 class have offered toward other top recruits. Shepard has done his part in that important, sometimes overlooked process.

"We've got some people who say they want to go to Notre Dame," Shepard said. "But I don't know if they plan to or not. But we're working on it and we'll see what happens."

Having ended his recruitment in March, Shepard has enjoyed a pressure-free spring and summer.

"It feels good not to have the pressure of recruiting," he admitted. "When I had that pressure it was bothering me a lot. But since I made my decision it all went away and it feels good not to have it."

Shepard has likewise remained in contact with the Irish staff as his senior season approaches.

"Everything is great and solid with Notre Dame and I'm staying in contact with tight ends coach (Mike) Denbrock."


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