Notre Dame Commit Shepard Moving Forward

Five-star cornerback Tee Shepard had his day in front of the CIF regarding his eligibility appeal, but the Notre Dame commit said none of it matters. Find out why inside.

Tee Shepard had his eligibility hearing with the CIF Thursday, but regardless of the ruling he told he will not play this season.

Shepard, a five-star cornerback and Notre Dame commit, said his focus is on getting to South Bend (Ind.) in January so he can compete for playing time in the secondary immediately.

"I'm not going to play," he said. "I don't want to. We only have a few games left in the season. I just need to get my grades and go to Notre Dame. That's all I care about."

The 6-foot, 186-pound Shepard was ruled ineligible after transferring to Washington Union High (Fresno, Calif.) from Fresno Central High East Campus. He said he made the move live with his father and also to take the necessary classes so he could graduate early and enroll at Notre Dame in January, which reported in August.

However, the CIF, which is California's governing body for high school athletics, rules him ineligible before the season.

"I knew from the start I wasn't going to play," Shepard said. "All I want to do is graduate early and get to Notre Dame. There is nothing better than that. I'll be healthy and happy."

Shepard is set to make his official visit as part of the large contingent of recruits on campus for the Oct. 22 game against USC.

"Of course, I'm excited to get out there and see my family," he said. "I watch them all the time. They should be undefeated but each week they get better and better."

Shepard's early enrollment will allow him to partake in spring practice, and to make an impact in his battle to get playing time as a freshman.

"I have a good shot to play there," he said. "When I get there in January I'm going to work for my spot. Right now I'm at 186 and try to get close to 200 pounds. Notre dame, right now they have like nine defensive backs and four or five or them are seniors, so I'm going to take advantage of that and try to play."

Since becoming the first member of Notre Dame's 2012 class in March, Shepard maintained he was solid with the Irish but wanted to take trips so he could enjoy the process. That is still the case, but he and fellow Irish commit and cousin Deontay Greenberry are still deciding on which visits (aside from Notre Dame) they will make together.

Shepard is also focusing on his next game, which at this point will be the Semper Fidelis All-American Game on Jan. 3 in Arizona.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I'll still be working out with and staying ready. I'm already getting what I need to take of here (with academics). I'm getting that stuff and will be at Notre Dame." Top Stories