Sooners Snag Third 2012 Commit

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners have picked up another commitment for next year's recruiting class, this time in the form of wide receiver Sterling Shepard from Heritage Hall Schools.

"I mean, it's a family tradition," Shepard said, when asked what ultimately made up his mind on choosing OU. "I mean, my dad went there, both of my uncles, and, I mean, it's just--my family's close and it's a great place to be. The coaching staff is great. I mean, everything about it, I just felt like I needed to be there. So, I decided to go ahead and commit."

Shepard also praised the facilities as being a major deciding factor.

"I mean, the facilities are great," Shepard said. "Everything in the program's great."

Not to mention the rapport he's developed with the coaches, including head coach Bob Stoops, wide receivers coach Jay Norvell, defensive coach Jackie Shipp, who informed him of OU's offer just about three weeks ago and the rest of the staff.

"I've had a relationship with the coaches because of my dad and him being around there," Shepard said. "So, I know that they're great people and it's just great to [be able to go there]. I mean, that's the reason I like them the most. I mean, I know most of them, and it's just great to finally commit to them."

He especially praised the job Stoops has done since taking over the Sooners back in 1999 and leading them to a National Championship, including four National Title appearances and seven Big 12 Championships.

"I mean, he's built the program up," Shepard said. "And he's a great coach. He's one of the top coaches, so I know that he's doing a great job there, and I can't wait to play for him."

As for the 5-foot-11, 170-pound high school star, he racked up more than 1,500 yards of total offense and 28 touchdowns during his junior year for the Chargers.

Shepard excelled on the defensive side of the ball, as well, at the cornerback position, where he had 103 tackles and eight interceptions.

Six of those were pick-sixes.

On top of all that, the versatile athlete led his squad to the 3A Oklahoma State Championship.

So, the Sooners are getting a talented player that has both tremendous ability and athleticism and leadership to get the job done.

Shepard joins a 2012 recruiting class that already features offensive tackle Kyle Marrs from Brandeis High School in San Antonio, Texas, and outside linebacker Alex Ross from Jenks High School.

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