Shepard Talks Birthday Offer

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with Sterling Shepard, 2012 wide receiver who just last week received an offer that he had been looking forward to for quite some time. Check inside to see what Shepard had to say.

February 10th is a special day for Sterling Shepard for multiple reasons.

For one, it's his birthday and two it's the day that the Oklahoma Sooners let him know that he had an offer to play for the same school that his late father, Derrick Shepard, had played for back in the mid-80s.

"It was great," Shepard said about receiving an Oklahoma offer. "It's something that I have been looking forward to since I was a little kid. I've been around that program for so long. I mean it was just great."

The 5-foot-11 and 170-pound Heritage Hall wide receiver and cornerback prospect says the Sooners are offering him as an athlete. Shepard found out about the offer when he called defensive tackle coach Jackie Shipp who informed him of the offer.

Other schools that have extended an offer to Shepard are Oklahoma State, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State and Notre Dame.

Shepard has a visit lined up for this upcoming weekend to see the in state Cowboys.

"I am going to Oklahoma State this weekend for junior day," Shepard explained.

As far as when he plans on getting back to Norman, Shepard says it will probably be pretty soon.

"I'll probably try to get up there pretty soon, I don't know exactly when but I'll try to get there," Shepard said.

Now that he holds six offers including his Sooner offer Shepard says he is not sure if he will make an early commitment or not as of right now.

"I don't know if I'm going to make my decision early or not. I'm just gonna go through the elimination process and just go through it."

Now that he is holding a Sooner offer Shepard talked about how he feels about the Sooners all together.

"They are definitely on my top; my whole family on my dad's side loves them so they are definitely one of my top (schools)," Shepard stated.

One person that has been waiting for the Sooners to offer was Shepard's mom who was excited to hear the news.

"They were all happy and so was my mom's side," Shepard said about his family. "My mom was real excited she's been waiting for that one."

This past season Shepard racked up over 1500-total yards of offense for the Chargers along with 28-touchdowns. On the defensive side he had 103-tackles along with eight-interceptions, six of those he returned for touchdowns. Shepard amassed all of this while leading his Heritage Hall teammates to a 3A Oklahoma State Championship.

-Greg Powers-

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