Five-Star QB Has a New Offer

With the Class of 2008 soon drawing to a close, the top stars for the Class of 2009 are starting to see more and more interest come their way. Of course for five-star QB Russell Shepard from Cy Ridge, it has been hectic for some time now. But now it has picked up even more. And yes, he has pulled in offer No. 13.

"Crazy" is the best way Cy Ridge (TX) quarterback Russell Shepard could explain his recruiting process. And what is even more interesting is that it will likely pick up even more after the 2008 national signing day.

"My recruiting process is good, but it starting to get crazy," Shepard said. "All of the schools' football seasons are over and a lot of coaches are coming in to check me out. Our (Cy Ridge) off season and spring practice is going to be crazy."

At the moment, Shepard holds 12 offers from the programs of Florida, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Iowa, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Arkansas, Alabama, Boston College, Arizona State, Stanford, and Minnesota.

But today, he added another and is more than confident the next one is coming soon.

"Today Tennessee offered me," the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Shepard said. "And the quarterback coach from Oklahoma is supposed to come down tomorrow to watch me throw. I think they are going to offer me soon too."

There is another program that will be down to see Shepard soon as well.

"Florida's quarterback coach is coming to watch some film on me and to see me throw," Shepard said. "I found out recently that I was No. 1 on their recruiting board for 2009. I recently talked with coach Urban Meyer and he said that he was impressed with how explosive I am and that I reminded him of Percy Harvin."

And the list of interest schools continues to grow. Rightfully so, Shepard has been asked to attend several junior days from schools like Texas, Iowa, LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas A&M, and Florida.

He is not naming a favorite at this time, but has decided on a few of the junior days he will likely attend. And even though no program is at the top of the list, Shepard does plan to make some kind of appearance to majority of the interested schools.

"I am going to try and make it to LSU, Oklahoma, and Texas' junior days," Shepard said. "More than likely I will make all of these. But because there are so many schools out there interested and I plan to graduate early, I will try to make it to as many schools as possible.

"I plan to go to a lot of camps and make some unofficial visits because I want to commit before my football starts so that I can focus on the season without any distractions."

Shepard finished the season with 794 passing yards and seven touchdowns. On the ground he had 1,525 yards and 18 touchdowns.

This story originally published on, the Texas high school football site on the network.

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