Shepard Gets Offer No. 4

The Class of 2009 is loaded with talented quarterbacks and Cy Ridge's Russell Shepard is definitely one of them. After lighting the scoreboards up for more than 25 touchdowns as a sophomore, he has caught the attention of several DI programs and has already received a few scholarship offers. Recently, he pulled in another one. Shepard talks about each of his top schools, including Texas.

After leading the Cy Ridge team to postseason play in 2006, quarterback Russell Shepard's stock rises by the day. Until a few days ago Shepard held three scholarship offers. Now, he has picked a fourth.

"Arkansas offered me a couple of days ago," Shepard said. "I have been working really hard through the summer and it seems our team has gotten so much more publicity lately."

With a new offer on the table, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Minnesota are the schools to date that have offered. But there will likely be more to follow. Shepard said he found out this week that Louisville and Ohio State are the two newest teams showing strong interest.

And the interest list goes on and on. But Shepard, though it is still early in his high school career, mentioned a few schools high on his list.

"I would have to say my favorites are Texas, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, LSU, and Arkansas," Shepard said.

Three of Shepard's six Top 6 schools are in the SEC. And aside from Texas and Ohio State that is a conference he is highly interested in.

"The SEC is the conference I want to be in," Shepard said. "Texas and Ohio State are the exceptions. That conference produces the most NFL players."

Shepard spoke briefly on how he feels about some of his top choices.

On Texas
"With Texas, it's the home-town kind thing," Shepard said. "I love the atmosphere and program, also my family can come see me play there. It was great going down there and everyone knew who I was."

On Alabama
"Nick Saban and Major Applewhite are both recruiting me strong," he said. "They came down to meet me face-to-face this year. I really like Applewhite because of how he helped turn that program around at Rice."

On Ohio State
"I like the tradition at Ohio State," Shepard said. "I like the program and the players they have produced."

On Arkansas
"Arkansas is building a great program down there," Shepard said. "That school is really on the map with (Darren) McFadden down there."

"LSU has a tradition of having winning seasons," Shepard said. "They have great fans and they are strong in the SEC."

Playing the role of a dual-threat quarterback, the 6-2, 185 pound Shepard finished last season with 1,454 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. He also threw 775 yards and four touchdowns. He is excited that all of the schools say they will allow him to be the player his right now.

"All the schools recruiting me said they will give me the chance to be an athletic quarterback," Shepard said. "I like that a lot."

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