The Shepard Legacy Continues

It's always tough for a younger brother to play out of the shadows of an older brother.Nick Shepard is a 5-9, 170 pound defensive back that is starting to make a name for himself. The all-district corner finished his sophomore season with 77 tackles and 5 interceptions. On Saturday, he took his first junior day at Texas A&M. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to Nick about his junior day visit.

It's always tough for a younger brother to play out of the shadows of an older brother. Last year, Cy Ridge High School was home to one of the most talented high school prospects in the country. Russell Shepard was a 5-star QB that every school wanted, including Texas A&M. Russell is now a freshman at LSU but his younger brother Nick is carrying on the Shepard legacy at Cy Ridge.

Nick Shepard is a 5-9, 170 pound defensive back that is starting to make a name for himself. The all-district corner finished his sophomore season with 77 tackles and 5 interceptions. On Saturday, he took his first junior day at Texas A&M.

"I met with my cornerback coach and they put film up on the big screen for us to watch with them. I know it turned a lot of heads because I talked to a bunch of recruits after it and we were all talking about how we want come here."

"I liked it a lot because I went with my brother when Mike Sherman just became the coach. I feel like they have improved a lot over the past year. If they gave me a shot to come here they would automatically be in my top three choices because of what they showed me there, it's close to home, and from just watching the practices I can tell it's a good environment."

Even with the LSU influence in his family, Nick does not have a favorite team or program he follows consistently.

"I really can't answer that right now. I like a lot of colleges but all I will say is I like the Texas schools a lot."

Obviously Nick has someone to go to for recruiting advice. Russell provides plenty of insight to Nick on how to deal with the recruiting process.

"He tells me to stay focused and work hard," said Shepard. "He also told me to take all of my visits so I could make the best decision for me. He comes home on Tuesday for Christmas so I am excited to see him."

Shepard has been hearing from schools like LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, and UCLA. "Oklahoma State has been on me a lot," said Shepard. Nick got some attention from a number of A&M coaches on Saturday.

"Buddy Wyatt is my area recruiter but I talked to a lot of the coaches. Van Malone and Coach McMillian pulled me aside to talk to me. They said they are going to be looking at me really hard after the bowl game."

The junior defensive back has taken notice of the amount of freshman on the field in maroon & white this season.

"Coach Malone had told me they have two corners that are underclassman and a free safety that is also young. He also said that once I get my scholarship, those guys will be older and I will have a good shot at playing."

The next step for Nick is to get as much exposure as possible.

"I'm going to San Antonio for the Army All-American combine. I got a FBU camp in the summer as well."


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