Shocker Special

Ole Miss pulled off a Signing Day stunner on Wednesday, picking up a signature from four-star CB Tee Shepard.

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Ole Miss had a surprise up its sleeve for National Signing Day after all.

The Rebels pulled a shocker on Wednesday, flipping 6-foot, 195-pound cornerback Tee Shepard from in-state rival Mississippi State. Shepard committed to Mississippi State Feb. 2.

Three days later, he was signing with Ole Miss, the 26th prospect to cast his lot with the Rebels.

"I like Ole Miss a lot," the former five-star prospect said in a previous interview with "I watched them a lot this fall. They had a young team that can build up to be a BCS championship team in a couple of years."

Shepard, who has spent the last season at Holmes Community College, was rated the No. 3 cornerback in the country by in the recruiting class of 2012. He's currently rated a four-star prospect, holding additional offers from, among others, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas State and California.

He has three years to play three, should he qualify.

He enters an Ole Miss secondary already featuring All-American safety Cody Prewitt and freshman All-American Antonio Conner. He's the second four-star cornerback signed by Ole Miss. Four-star Kendarius Webster was the second prospect to send in his letter of intent Wednesday morning.

"I can make my mark right away," Shepard said. "I'm the missing piece to their defense, in my opinion. They need a bigger corner that can cover anything in the air and come down and make the tackle and make a play. That's what I do. I'm a playmaker."

Shepard recorded 54 tackles and an interception last season. He was named first team All-State and first team All-Region.

Last season, Shepard held the top junior college wide receiver, D'haquille Williams, to five catches and 39 yards.

He visited Ole Miss unofficially in November.

"Their fans are crazy," Shepard said of Ole Miss. "They love their football at Ole Miss. That's the thing that stood out the most to me."

Tee Shepard | Fresno (Calif.) Holmes CC
Signee | | #30 CB |
Offers: Ole Miss, Miss. State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, etc.
Quotable: "I can make my mark right away."

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