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.