Shead knows a little something about line play as one of the top junior offensive line prospects in the state and as a star on one of the top lines in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Shead and 2009 Texas commit Thomas Ashcraft have helped the Longhorns to a 6-1 record in 2008 while paving the way for a potent rushing attack that features junior running back Ben Malena and sophomore quarterback Driphus Jackson. Malena has already hit the 1,000 yard mark in just seven games and scored 12 touchdowns while Jackson has rushed for 475 yards and four scores. In fact, none of the four Cedar Hill Longhorn ball carriers with at least 30 rushing attempts this season averages less than six-yards per carry.
Cedar Hill improved its district record to 3-0 last week with a 42-17 thumping of Duncanville and the day after the game Shead, Ashcraft, Malena, Jackson and junior linebacker Aaron Benson all rode to Austin together to watch the Texas Longhorns stay undefeated with their 56-31 win over Missouri.
"I was really impressed," Shead said. "Texas is a real good football team and they took down a Missouri who is also a good team."
After seeing top-ranked Texas in person Shead came away even more impressed with the Longhorns' offensive line.
"When I watch the games I really try and pay extra attention to the offensive line," Shead said. "I really try not to look at anything else, and so far Texas has looked great.
"(The play of the offensive line) is really the secret to their success."
Shead has a great chance to be a part of that success in the future as he thinks very highly of the Longhorns, which bodes well as the Texas staff will likely once again be very selective with the offensive linemen that it offers in February.
"If I had a top three right now Texas would be in it," Shead said. "I'm just trying to keep an open mind about the process right now. To know that I could potentially go there is a great feeling. I'm thankful that they took the time to ask me to come down there."
Recruiting is starting to pick up for Shead, as he recently received an early offer from Colorado. The 6-foot-4-inch, 295-pounder says he feels like Texas A&M is close to offering and that LSU has also been in contact with him. Other schools that have been in contact with Shead include Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas Tech.
One person who Shead can lean on in the recruiting process is his teammate Ashcraft, a Scout.com four-star lineman and one of the first commitments of Texas' 2009 class. Shead says that he and Ashcraft do not speak constantly of Texas, but the future Longhorn has made Shead aware of what it will take to get to Austin.
"(Ashcraft) just keeps telling me to work hard and get better every day," Shead said. "Just keep doing what I'm doing and everything else will take care of itself."
Shead says that a previous engagement is forcing him to miss Texas' game this Saturday against Oklahoma State, but he does plan on attending the Texas A&M game in Austin on Nov. 27.