State Champ Preparing for Army Combine

Sooners Illustrated caught up with Sterling Shepard, the do-it-all wide receiver prospect out of Heritage Hall HS in Oklahoma City (OK). Shepard talked about winning the state title, his junior day visit to Oklahoma and an upcoming stop at the U.S. Army Combine.

Earlier this month Sterling Shepard and his Heritage Hall teammates took on Kingfisher in the Oklahoma 3A State Championship game. They would have to play this game yet again without star junior running back, Barry Sanders This wouldn't be a problem as usual because the Chargers have Shepard.

And the talented junior put on a show in this game running the ball. He exploded in the second half for four touchdowns to help lead the Heritage Hall Chargers from behind for the 28-281 victory. Shepard finished the night with 197-yards rushing on 17-carries with 169 of those yards coming in the second half and two-catches for 38-yards.

The 5-foot-11 and 170-pound Shepard had a target on his back all season and in the championship game but it obviously did not matter. Shepard talked about how it felt winning the state title which is Heritage Hall's second state title in three years.

"It was great," Shepard said. "Everyone has been working hard all season and it just felt good to end it the way we did. I felt like I had to step it up a little bit because Barry was out."

Earlier this month Shepard attended the Sooners first junior day.

"It was great. It was cool getting to see the facilities and talking to the coaches."

Shepard, who is being recruited to play receiver for the Sooners talks about where he stands with the Sooners after the visit.

"I don't really know where I stand," Shepard said. "They haven't offered or anything yet."

What if the Sooners were to offer? Then how would that make Shepard feel? Shepard had this to say.

"It would be great; both of my parents went there so it would be cool."

Shepard is currently preparing for a trip to San Antonio for the Army All-American combine.

"I just have the army combine coming up so that's what I have been focused on," Shepard said.

Shepard seems to be a high priority for Coach Jay Norvell at wide receiver for the 2012 class. Stay tuned to Sooners Illustrated as we follow Shepard throughout his recruitment.

Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers contributed to this report.

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