Visit from Cuse means a lot to Sheppard

The Syracuse coaching staff was on the recruiting trail during the bye week. One of the players they visited is one of their top remaining 2015 targets in 3-star defensive end Qaadir Sheppard.

New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep defensive end Qaadir Sheppard has been high on Syracuse's recruiting board for some time. During their week two bye, the continued to show him how much of a priority he is by attending his game on Saturday.

"The game was good," Sheppard said. "We won 27-14. Coach Daoust was there. It meant a lot (to have him there). It was my first game and they came to see me play. I never really had a college coach at one of my games before."

Syracuse has put the full court press on Sheppard lately. They have frequently sent an abundance of letters in the mail along with consistent communication and showing up for his game on Saturday. All of that effort has not gone unnoticed by the 6-foot-3 defensive end.

"They are very high on my list," Sheppard said. "They're in my top three. I don't have a favorite yet."

Sheppard speaks with defensive line coach Tim Daoust on a regular basis. He says the two have a very good relationships that continues to get better throughout the recruiting process.

"We have a pretty good relationship," Sheppard said. "We speak every other day vis Facebook and stuff like that. We talk about how things are there and how my practice is going. I could see myself playing for him."

Another thing they frequently discuss is getting Sheppard back on campus, this time for an official visit. The Orange are slated to get one of those trips along with a couple other schools on his list.

"I know I'm taking one to UCF, Virginia and 'Cuse," Sheppard said. "But I don't know any others. I'll make my decision after the visits."

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