'Cuse stops by to visit Sheppard

Qaadir Sheppard is a talented player in Syracuse's home state at a key position. The Orange stopped by his school on Thursday to continue to develop that relationship.

Qaadir Sheppard is a priority target for Syracuse as a talented player in their home state. On Thursday, the Orange visited the three-star defensive end at Iona Prep.

"Coach Bullough came down," Sheppard said. "He talked to my coach about the school and football. He talked about how I would fit in. He talked about the defense and how Syracuse plays. He told my coach how I would fit in perfectly in their defense because they don't have a lot of guys who can do what I can do."

The visit helped Sheppard and his relationship with Syracuse, who remains in his top three.

"It's a great honor for them to come down to my school," Sheppard said. "It feels great to know that they really want me at their school."

Joining the Orange are Rutgers and Boston College in his top three. While that group remains intact, there are two other schools starting to make some noise. Originally looking at an early summer decision, that time frame appears to have been pushed back just a bit.

"That's still the case," Sheppard said. "But I'm really starting to like Old Dominion University and UMass a lot. They're starting to get in the picture. I really don't know when I'll decide right now.

"I'll make my decision depending on how the summer plays out. I might go to a couple camps and then make my decision."

Sheppard is planning to solidify a return trip to Syracuse soon, and is eyeing a June visit.

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