Sheffield has unlimited potential

Sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield of Texas picked up a Notre Dame offer on Tuesday, adding to an already impressive offer list. Kendall's dad, Cecil, talks about their early thoughts on Notre Dame, how track will play into Kendall's college decision, and what schools they will visit this summer.

The Irish extended an offer in the Lone Star State on Tuesday to sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield of Missouri City (Texas) Thurgood Marshall.

"Notre Dame offered him yesterday," Cecil Sheffield, (Kendall's dad) said. "[Notre Dame cornerbacks coach] Kerry Cooks went through our head coach and we found out about it yesterday evening. Kendall hasn't had a chance to speak with any of the coaches yet, but they are coming in tomorrow (Wednesday) to see him."

"Tradition is the main thing that Kendall knows about Notre Dame," Sheffield Sr. said. "He knows about their history and how big of a program Notre Dame is. Being down here in Texas, a Notre Dame offer is just as big for us as the Texas offer."

In addition to Notre Dame, Sheffield already has offers from Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M, and other schools will soon join that list.

"Ohio State and Alabama have been showing a lot of interest as well," Sheffield Sr. said. "Ohio State came by yesterday, and Alabama is supposed to come by next week."

Sheffield's elite speed and freakish athleticism is well-known, and he recently placed second in three events at the Texas 4A State track and field championship. Sheffield's dad ran track at Sam Houston State University, where he holds the record in the 55-meter indoor hurdles.

"Kendall doesn't start spring football until Thursday because he just finished his state track meet," Sheffield Sr. said. "He place in second in the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, and the 4x1 relay."

In the Region III meet in April, Sheffield won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 37.56 and he finished second to Scout.com's No. 1 ranked cornerback for 2014,Tony Brown, in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.97.

Sheffield has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.37 and has a 38-inch vertical jump.

Kendall doesn't wish to abandon track at the next level, and that will be something he'll emphasize during this recruitment.

"The big thing for him right now is he wants a place where he can play football and run track," Sheffield said. "He wants to do both, and he's being upfront about that with coaches."

With new schools showing interest daily, Sheffield doesn't have any favorites this early in the process.

"He doesn't have any favorites right now, he's just enjoying the process," Sheffield said. "He hasn't visited a lot of places because of track, but he did see Texas A&M and Texas this spring. We will definitely visit Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Alabama this summer. Hopefully, we can find a way to get up to Notre Dame too. When it comes to making decision, distance will not be a factor."

"He passes the eye test right now as a sophomore," his dad said. "He's 6'0" and up to 180 pounds. He can run very well and cover a lot of the field. He's also very physical and doesn't shy away from contact."

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