Signee Spotlight: Tee Shepard

National Signing Day has come and gone, and Ole Miss has added a fresh crop of Rebels to the roster. For the next several days, we'll be taking an in-depth look at each Ole Miss signee.

Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: JC
Size: 6-1, 195
Hometown: (Holmes CC) Fresno, CA
Stats: 4.4 40
Projected position at OM: Cornerback

Accolades: JUNIOR COLLEGE: A consensus 4-star recruit … Ranked No. 7 among junior college prospects by . . . Named first team All-State … Recorded 54 tackles, one interception, two fumble recoveries and six pass breakups in his one season at Holmes … Coached in junior college by Jeff Koonz … Notre Dame: Enrolled at Notre Dame for the spring 2012 semester and was a part of the 2012 signing class … HIGH SCHOOL: A Semper Fidelis All-American … Rated a 5-star recruit and the No. 39 player in the country and third-best cornerback nationally by … Named to the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 list as one of the 100 best players in 13 western U.S. states … Sat out his 2011 senior regular season, as Washington won third straight state title … Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and Cal State All-Star Game … Made 10 career interceptions … Transferred following his junior season after playing in 2010 at Central East High School in Fresno.

Recruiting Competition: The most surprising "flip" of signing day, from Ole Miss' perspective, was from Tee. He had been a solidly committed Mississippi State commitment but in the midnight hour, he switched over to the Rebels, breaking Bulldog hearts and lighting a fire under Rebel Nation. Shepard is definitely the "bonus" in the 2014 signing class.

Quotable: ""I can make my mark right away. 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. I like Ole Miss because of their coaches and their fans. All of them are really passionate about building something special there and I think I can help them do that. That's my plan."

Scouting Report: Anyone who puts on his film can tell several things and it doesn't take an expert recruiting analyst or a coach to see his qualities. He's aggressive, fast, he changes directions well and he's a very physical player who likes to mix it up in run support. Tee also makes the Rebel cornerback group longer and taller instantly, a plus when it seems most schools are now going more with taller wideouts in the 6-3 range.

Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: "Tee is definitely the kind of corner we are looking for in our defense. He gives us more length, he's got good speed and he is a hitter. He's a very physical player. I'm not sure many know this, but he was the number 3 rated cornerback in the country by coming out of high school in California. He has some work to do academically, but he's smart kid who can get it done if he applies himself, which we fully believe he will. We expect him here for August camp and we expect him to make an immediate impact on our secondary."

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