Russell Shepard Commits to LSU

At the beginning of the recruiting process, Cy Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard made it clear that the Texas was his top school. But on Monday night, Shepard gave his commitment to the LSU Tigers. What happened, why did Shepard commit to LSU and how solid is his commitment?

"I just got off of the phone with (LSU running backs) coach (Larry) Porter," said Russell Shepard. "I told him I wanted to commit and now I am about to try to get in touch with coach (Les) Miles to let him know as well.

"LSU is a good school and a good fit for me," Shepard added. "This recruiting stuff was getting too hectic so I wanted to get it out of the way early so I could focus on my upcoming season. I know LSU is where I want to go."

But how committed is Sheppard to the Tigers? Will he take his visits to other schools?

"Right now there is really no other place I want to visit," Shepard informed. "I know I haven't visited schools like Michigan or Florida, so this right here should tell them how I feel about LSU.

"People must think that I can be easily amused, but that's not me," Sheppard continued. "I've been around big time schools for just about my entire life, since the eighth grade even. I've been around players who were being recruited by just about everyone and I saw first-hand how the process works. I know the things coaches try to say to get you to go to their school and I know how this recruiting thing goes. I just know LSU is the place for me."

At the beginning of the recruiting process, Shepard's clear favorite was the Longhorns. Texas brought the talented Cy Ridge product in for a visit for the Horns' first Junior Day. Shepard left with an offer, but didn't commit to UT.

While he was offered, he was not offered strictly as a quarterback, according to Shepard. A week ago in his player journal, Shepard, in no uncertain terms, laid out what happened between him and the Longhorns.

"When I went to Texas, if they would have told me I was going to play quarterback, I would of committed," wrote Shepard. "Before all that, I loved the school and they were my clear cut favorite."

Texas got its quarterback commit in Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert. If Shepard had committed to Texas, it would have potentially placed six scholarship QBs on the 2009 Texas roster.

When asked how did his friends, family and girlfriend react to his decision, Shepard replied jokingly: "Besides you, only three other people know about this right now and that's my mom, my dad and coach Porter. I haven't even told my girlfriend!"

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