Russell Shepard: Enjoying the Attention

Cypress Ridge High School in Houston, Texas may have one of the most exciting football teams in the Lone Star State next year thanks in large part to junior QB Russell Shepard. Colleges have been flocking to Houston to get a look at him and some of his teammates. One SEC school in particular has made a huge impact on Shepard.

"Everything has been going well. Everything is going phenomenally well," Russell Shepard said.

Some of the schools that have stopped by include Oklahoma State, Tulane, Oklahoma, Alabama, Houston, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, UTEP, Virginia and Arizona. Shepard has gotten an opportunity to talk to a number of college coaches during their visits. Two schools that have made a huge impression on Shepard are the University of Alabama and Oklahoma.

"Coach (Major) Applewhite from Alabama came down. They have a new coach (Nick Saban) that coached at LSU. He is putting in the same scheme at Alabama that he used at LSU. It's the same system that JaMarcus Russell was so successful in. I took a big interest in them," Shepard said. "Oklahoma's coach paid me a lot of attention."

Despite being shown so much attention, Shepard already has a good idea of the schools that he will take a strong interest in.

"Texas, Florida, OU, Alabama and Texas A&M," Shepard said when asked about his top schools. "I'm looking for a school that likes to share the ball with all the receivers. I want to go to a school that will use my running ability, but also let me throw. I don't want to play in a system that runs the option all the time. Texas and Alabama both have styles that I like. I want to go to a school that can utilize my ability and make everybody around me better."

Shepard is planning on attending a number of summer camps in the next couple of months.

"I have a couple of quarterback camps that I am going to go to. I'm going to a camp in Abilene. It's kind of low key, but a lot of good quarterbacks have gone to it. Chase Daniels from a couple of years ago went. Riley Dodge goes to it," Shepard said. "I am going to Texas' mini day camp, Texas A&M's mini day camp, and I will probably choose between Alabama's mini day camp or Florida's."

Shepard is very excited about his upcoming junior season. He is not the only great athlete on the Cypress Ridge roster.

"We have a running back that is getting a lot of attention in Hasan Lipscomb. He clocked in at 4.38 in New Orleans. He gained 800 yards last year in four games," Shepard said.

Cypress Ridge is making the move from a 4-3 defense to a 4-2-5 this year. Shepard is very excited about the switch because it allows him to get even more experience.

"Our defense is moving to the 4-2-5, so they are going to be very fast," Shepard said. "I have already mastered the 4-3. I feel lucky because I get to learn different defenses at such a young age."

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