Shepard, a five star Notre Dame commit, transferred to Washington Union High (Fresno, Calif.) and he is awaiting word from the state's governing body of high school athletics (the CIF) on whether he is eligible.
But in the process of discussing his move, he told IrishEyes.com he planned on enrolling at Notre Dame in January.
"This year I only have two classes," the 6-foot, 180-pound Shepard said. "I think there's a 90 percent chance I'll be there (in January)."
Shepard also plans on being on campus in mid October with fellow Notre Dame commit and Washington Union teammate Deontay Greenberry and a host of high-profile recruits. Shepard is planning on making his official visit for the Oct. 22 game against USC, and recruiting hard for the Irish.
He and Greenberry also plan on taking other official visits, but Shepard re-iterated there is no need to worry about the level of his commitment.
"Deontay and I are going to take all our visits so we can see everything we want to see, and have a great time and enjoy life," Shepard said. "We're solid with Notre Dame for the 250th time." However, whether Shepard gets to play this season remains to be seen after his move from Fresno Central High East Campus.
"I went back (to Washington Union) because my mom got moved in the middle of the summer so I moved in with my dad," Shepard said. "The athletic director and coach of our team is telling me he's not sure. I don't know what is going to happen."
For now, though, Shepard is enjoying practice with his new team, and matching up with Greenberry, a four-star receiver.
"It's very nice," Shepard said. "I'm just happy because we've been playing football together our whole lives, so if I can play football this year, it will be exciting."
And what are the 1-on-1 matchups between Greenberry and Shepard like?
"It will be a battle, but the ball will never be caught," said Shepard, who when broke into a long laugh. "Practice is fun, but we get the job done. It's our senior year so we're trying to have fun, but we're working hard."