Shepherd Commits On Visit

Wide receiver Xavier Shepherd committed to Utah during an unofficial visit

The rich keep getting richer as Utah landed ANOTHER high profile recruit with the addition of Lakewood (CA) wide receiver Xavier Shepherd on Saturday during an unofficial visit.

"I committed to Utah. It seemed like they had a lot going on over there. I looked at the depth chart and watched film on what they do and it seemed like a nice fit so I committed."

Shepherd's ties to the program included two incoming freshman in Alphonso Marsh and Delshawn McClellon, who helped solidify his commitment.

"I looked at the recruiting class that they brought in last year and wanted to see how I would fit in with the school and the players. I really liked the coaches, the facilities, and the campus."

Selling the wide receiver's parents on the Utah experience was important as well, and the Utah coaches made sure to make them feel as if their son would be in good hands.

"They kept telling my parents how they'll take care of me like they do with the players they have now. My parents really like the staff and the education."

As the visit wound down, the Shepherd family ended with a meeting with head coach Kyle Whittingham.

"After I finished touring the campus, my parents and I sat down with Coach Whittingham and talked over a couple of things. I pulled my parents to the side and said that this was the right school for me. They asked me a lot of questions and wanted to make sure that I wasn't jumping at everything too early, but I told them that Utah was the place and that I wanted to be a Ute."

Then Coach Whittingham received the good news.

"We went back into Coach Whittingham's office and he asked if I had a timeline for making a decision. I cut him off and said that i wanted to decide today and that I wanted to be a Ute. He was extremely excited and shook my hand. It was a very emotional moment for me."

Now Shepherd is moving on to be a recruiter himself and help Utah bring in a recruiting class that is on its way to surpassing the 2012 class.

"The coaches told me that there are a lot of guys out in Los Angeles that they think should be Utes. Utah is the best kept secret around and we're trying to get that secret out and show everyone what Utah has to offer."

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