Sheperd Makes It Official: He's A Cowboy

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, offensive coordinator Todd Monken and wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn all got good news that they were expecting from the St. Louis area Frioday afternoon when wide receiver Brandon Sheperd of Chesterfield (Parkway Central), Mo., gave his verbal commitment to the Cowboys.

He made the announcement at Parkway Central High School on Friday after 3 p.m. The 6-2, 190-pound speedster that has clocked a 4.46 in the forty visited Oklahoma State officially last weekend and saw one of the greatest victories in Cowboys football history as Oklahoma State defeated rival Oklahoma 44-10 and clinched the Big 12 Championship and a BCS bowl bid.

"The announcement wasn't that big a deal, I just picked up a (Oklahoma State) hat," Sheperd said. "I had told my mom and the coaches before and everything. It wasn't that special. I just let them know what I was going to do."

It would seem the visit last week for Sheperd was the biggest reason for his commitment.

"I just felt comfortable with the players," said Sheperd. "Last week I was there and went into the kitchen in the dorm and made a sandwich and just plopped down on the couch. It was all so comfortable and all the players get a long and they are easy to get to know. It was a great weekend to be there. At the game, I don't think I've ever heard a crowd so loud. It was amazing."

Sheperd had been trying to decide between two schools in a two-horse recruiting race throughout the fall and picked Oklahoma State over Missouri. This season Sheperd led Central in scoring and receiving as the squad went into the playoffs. Sheperd finished with 47 receptions for 818 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Sheperd also returned punts and kicks. He had 20 receptions as a junior for 440 yards and four touchdowns.

"I just try to go out and run my routes and play like my hero, Andre Johnson," added Sheperd. "I like special teams and returns. They only kicked (kickoffs) the ball to me three times this season and I returned two of them for touchdowns. I would like to be involved in special teams, but I will do whatever the coaches want me to do as far as being involved. I would like to. After I make catches, I like the run after the catch and I know I'm not as good as he is, but I try to play like DeSean Jackson."

Among Sheperd's many strong physical attributes is a 35-inch vertical jump.

Another interesting aspect is he has been in contact with the Cowboys quarterback commitment in the area, Rochester, Illinois standout Wes Lunt.

"Yes, Wes and I talk every other week and I know he's a baller and can throw the ball," said Sheperd. "You want to play with guys like that and I know they have a quarterback that's a freshman, J.W. Walsh, and he can play."

Sheperd said after the holiday break he will focus in on track as he runs the sprints and is a hurdler for Parkway Central. Sheperd is the 15th commitment that is known for Oklahoma State in the 2012 recruiting class.

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