"It's Tennessee and LSU tied up right now," Sheppard told The Knoxville News-Sentinel. "Tennessee was my leader before I took my trip down to LSU (last weekend), but now I think those two are tied up."
The good news: Ace recruiter Trooper Taylor is on the trail for Tennessee.
"Coach Trooper is a real good guy," Sheppard told the News-Sentinel. "We talk about life. Sometimes it's not even about football. Then other times we just talk about if I came to Tennessee I could make an impact."
Sheppard, who claims 16 scholarship offers, recorded 106 tackles last fall, including 16 tackles for loss. He also intercepted two passes. He has the speed (4.6 in the 40-yard dash) to play outside linebacker but has the strength (300-pound bench press) and growth potential to play in the middle, as well.
With Tennessee losing all three projected starting linebackers following the 2005 season – Kevin Simon, Omar Gaither and Jason Mitchell – securing some prospects to groom for future ‘backer trios is a must.