Shepard Getting His Recruiting Feet Wet

The hero on the field in Heritage Hall's Class 3A state championship just a week ago over Kingfisher was speedy athlete Sterling Shepard. The do-it-all type of player for the Chargers scored four rushing touchdowns in the second half to complete a comeback after being down 14-0 at halftime to the Yellow Jackets.

Shepard finished the game with 17 carries for 197 yards and it was his 38-yard touchdown run with less than a minute left that sealed the 28-21 win. He is pretty humble about it.

"It was a great win and all of our guys had been working their tails off all season long," said Shepard. "It was certainly a team championship and it is a great feeling, a great feeling to have helped my guys get it."

Over the course of the season the 5-10, 175-pound Shepard had scored on offense by rushing, receiving, throwing the ball, on defense with an amazing eight interceptions, and on special teams with his ability to return punts and kickoffs.

He said he has 4.36 speed in the forty unofficially, but is looking forward to getting lazer timed in San Antonio at the All-American Combine in January. He has a 285-pound bench press and a 475-pound squat. He also, as reported earlier this week by The Oklahoman, has a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State.

"Right now I'm just taking it as it comes (in recruiting)," said Shepard. "I still have another year and I want to see what I get (offers). You know recently I got a scholarship offer from OSU, and I've been told once you get an offer then others start coming in. I need to see what else I get."

Like his Heritage Hall teammate, Barry J. Sanders, Shepard comes from a famous football family as his dad and uncle both played for the University of Oklahoma.

"That was my main school that I rooted for growing up," he said. "My dad and uncle played there, so that had to be my school."

That makes it interesting that rival Oklahoma State was the first school to offer.

"It is kind of funny but I really like them and I've been around a lot up there," said Shepard. "I love their program and the facilities. Yes, I do know my way around that field a little bit."

As for what Shepard is looking for? "Academic program, that is what I am looking at first and that is really important," said Shepard, who expressed an interest in going into dentistry because he would like to some day be an orthodontist.

"I want to go to a school with an offense that fits my playing style and one where I can get on the field early, as early as possible."

Shepard is a really dynamite player with a lively personality, and Heritage Hall is fortunate as they have some tremendous talent coming back for a repeat go after finishing 15-0 and champions this season. They can also expect a lot of college coaches coming through this winter and spring.

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