Shepherd Plans A Visit

Southern California wide receiver Xavier Shepherd is looking forward to visiting with friends in Utah

With the summer period winding down and fall camp almost upon us, prospects are going to be lining up to take unofficial visits while coaching still have time to host them. One of those players is wide receiver Xavier Shepherd, who will be heading out to Utah next week.

"Everything is going well with my recruitment. I haven't been hearing from many schools that haven't offered, but the ones that have offered are staying in touch."

Shepherd has made an unofficial visit to one Pac 12 school, and will be making it to two more soon.

"I went up to Cal and next week I'll be heading out to Utah. I also want to take a visit to Washington as well."

Those three schools, along with another Pac 12 participant, are the four that are standing out for Shepherd.

"Right now I feel like Utah, Cal, Washington, and Oregon State are some of the schools that I would fit in best with."

The speedster who has 4.45 speed is looking for a place that he fits at well and is comfortable with.

"I'm looking for somewhere that I can call home. I'd also like the chance to play early. The coaching staff is very important because they'll help me grow as a person and as a player. I need a family atmosphere where I can really fit in."

The relationship Shepherd has built with two of the Utah coaches has helped keep them near the top of Shepherd's list.

"Utah is great. I love the way that they throw the ball around. They have a great coaching staff. I really like Coach Chad and Coach Sitake. I'm really liking Utah right now."

Shepherd's interest in the Utes can be partly attributed to relationships he has with current players in the Utah program.

"Dres (Anderson) looks really good out there. It would be great to play with him. Alphonso Marsh is a good friend of mine and we grew up together. I also know Delshawn McClellon. We used to train together."

The 6-0, 165 pound receiver prospect is somewhat new to the game of football, having only played for a couple of years.

"I didn't play football until my freshman year of high school so I'm still learning things. I was just a basketball player, but I don't play basketball anymore."

With the visit to Utah coming up, and another to Washington likely, Shepherd could end up making his decision in the next couple of weeks, not wanting it to get in the way of his senior year.

"I would like to commit before the season, but only if I'm 100% confident in my decision. If not, I'll try to commit sometime during the beginning of the season or maybe even after the season."

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