Shepard Considers OU His Second Family

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with 2012 wide receiver prospect, Sterling Shepard out of Heritage Hall HS in Oklahoma City (OK). Shepard is an electrifying player who can make plays anywhere on the field on offense or defense. Check inside to see what Shepard had to say about the Sooners.

With the 2011 recruiting class the Sooners have found a player that is electrifying no matter where he lines up on the field. His name is Brandon Carter out of Trinity HS in Euless (TX). Carter, who is small in stature at 5-foot-11 and 165-pounds, has been dominating all throughout the 5A division one Texas state playoffs this year, leading the Trojans to victory week in and week out.

The 2012 class has another prospect that is small in stature at 5-foot-11 and 170-pounds that is dominating games all over the field. His name is Sterling Shepard and just like Carter he can line up anywhere on the gridiron and take over a football game. He lines up at quarterback at times but mostly at receiver. Shepard also returns punts and kicks. He also plays corner and safety on defense.

On the year Shepard has 32-carries for 374-yards along with 54-catches for 977-yards while going 8-14 passing for 202-yards. On defense Shepard has 86-tackles and eight-interceptions. All together Shepard has 30-touchdowns on the season.

Shepard has love for both offense and defense but one in particular more so than the other.

"I love offense but I love defense too," Shepard said. "So, where ever I'm going to be playing in college I don't know. Either side of the ball is fine with me but I really love offense."

Some of the top programs in the country are giving Shepard some attention.

"I got Alabama sending me mail, LSU, OU, Tulsa, Kansas, Kansas State, UCLA and that's about it."

Shepard, who claims to have run an unofficial 4.36 in the forty, has family ties to Oklahoma. His father, the late Derrick Shepard played wide receiver at OU and won a national championship in 1985. He then signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent in 1987 and won a super bowl as a rookie. In 1998 he returned to Oklahoma as he worked as a graduate assistant.

Being around the Sooner program while his dad was at Oklahoma has made the Sooners feel like family to Shepard.

"Oh yea for sure," Shepard began. "That's been like a second family to me since I was little and my dad played there and coached there as well, so yea definitely one of my top choices."

"Ever since I was a little kid I have been an OU fan."

Shepard, who says the Sooners are recruiting him as an athlete has had the opportunity to talk to a few of the coaches on the Sooner staff including head coach Bob Stoops.

"When I go to the games I talk to some of them but not much. They come to our practice and watch us practice and I talk to them then. I don't really have one specific person that I talk to. I have talked to coach Heupel, coach Stoops and coach Gundy."

The Heritage Hall Chargers went undefeated during the season and have worked their way to a 14-0 record so far this year. The Chargers accomplished this without one of their best players on the team and in the state of Oklahoma when Barry Sanders Jr. went down with a fracture to his foot at mid season.

"He (Sanders) did something to his foot, he fractured his foot," Shepard explained. "He actually did it cutting. He still scored on the play. He cut and did something funny to it. He's wrapped up in a cast so he's putting a little bit of pressure on me."

The two talented prospects make a scary combination on the offensive side of the ball. They've considered staying together when moving on to the next level.

"We've talked about it a little bit. We think it'd be fun going to the same school together. We will see what happens."

Shepard, who benches 275-pounds and can squat 385-pounds talked about how academics will be his main focus when making his college decision.

"Mainly like academics and see how good their academic program is. And you know just what offense fits me the best or defense. Just what fits me the best," Shepard stated.

Distance from home doesn't really play a factor for Shepard if the school fits him, but for mom, now that's a different story.

"Oh yea for sure," Shepard said when asked if location will play a factor. "I know my mom doesn't want me to go away from home. You know just whatever fits me the best I'll go away from home or stay at home but I don't know yet."

Friday night at 7:30pm, Shepard and is Heritage Hall teammates will host the Kingfisher Yellowjackets at Pop Murray Field for the Class 3A Oklahoma state championship.

Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers contributed to this report.

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