Sophomore QB Ready for Austin Visit

With the class of 2008 filling up fast, it looks as though the Texas Longhorns will wait until next year to go after a quarterback. Cypress Ridge High School in Houston, Texas, is home to arguably the top in-state quarterback from the 2009 class. Cypress Ridge Head Coach Gary Thiebaud talked about what Russell Shepard brings on and off the football field.

"He (Russell Shepard) is a very explosive player. He has tremendous speed and great vision. He is a big play guy. He demonstrates a tremendous ability to make plays. He accounted for over 2,400 yards last year," Thiebaud said. "He is a very bright kid and is very coachable. He has a short memory. What I mean by that is when he makes a bad decision, he forgets about it and moves on to the next play. That might be the best thing about him. "

Coach Thiebaud had a lot of good things to say about Shepard's play on the field, but even more impressive was his description of him off the field.

"He definitely has lots of character. He is the kind of kid that you have sitting at your dinner table. He shows tremendous leadership with his peers and has a great work ethic," Thiebaud added.

Shepard is not unfamiliar with the scenery in Austin. He was at the Longhorns' summer camp last year and also made a trip to spring practice in 2006. He plans on making a return trip early next week.

"I am taking him up there next Monday," Thiebaud said. "He has been before. He went to one of their spring practices last year and also went to summer camp."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Shepard was a Second Team All-District selection as a sophomore. He also runs track at Cypress Ridge during spring.

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