5-star Conversation

Five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Marshall) and his family had spoken to Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong over the phone on two occasions prior to their latest conversation on Monday.

But this one was different. A clearer picture of where Strong wants to take Texas' program really started to come into focus; a picture the program's new head coach would love Sheffield to be a part of.

In the conversation, which LonghornDigest first reported, the two sides spoke candidly about each other's wants. Cecil Sheffield, Kendall's father, came away feeling comfortable about what he'd heard.

"What I've got from him is he sounds very articulate, smart and how can I say, aggressive, maybe? He has that to him," Cecil Sheffield said. "He's very articulate. I picked up on that real fast."

One of the main points of emphasis Strong tried to get across to the Sheffield's was the importance he is placing on academics and the accountability he is holding his players to.

"He said he wants his players to graduate in three-and-a-half years," Cecil Sheffield said. "Of course they will be going to summer school. They aren't going to just take classes to be eligible, they are going to take classes to graduate. That what we needed to hear."

He also said that it has really helped Texas' chances that Strong is a defensive-minded head coach.

"That has a lot to do with it because we play on that side of the ball," he said.

Sheffield, the No. 2 cornerback in the country, has offers from Alabama, Baylor, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Washington.

Asked if his son is as interested in Texas as Longhorns fans hope he is, Cecil Sheffield answered, "Yes he is, trust me."

Cecil Sheffield said it was too early to name leaders at this point and that his son needed to make several visits to really narrow things down. But he did offer this bit of comforting news for those in the Lone Star State.

"He needs to visit a couple of schools. Before he makes any decision he needs to visit more schools," he said. "But it's the Texas schools, I'm just going to put it that way."

So when will the Sheffield's finally meet face-to-face with Strong and the new staff?

"They start spring practice next week and we are going to try to get down there one of the next two Saturdays," Cecil Sheffield said. "The problem with that is we have track meets those days. [Strong] was talking about coming down to the Texas Relays but he has a track meet scheduled and it's not the Texas Relays.

"So basically we are trying to figure out what day we will get down there. He wants to spend the whole day with us, let us watch a practice, attend some meetings and show us how he operates. He wants Kendall to be a part of Texas."

Cecil Sheffield did say that Texas was among a handful of schools really going after his son.

"Alabama is real hard, and Oregon, and USC, and Florida State," he said. "We've been talking to them a lot. Oh my God. Kendall called me [Tuesday] and told me he talked to [Ohio State head coach] Urban Meyer. We'd never talked to him and he wants to talk to me tonight. There are about five or six of them that's just unbelievable."

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