Cougs eye Evergreen State safety

A PHYSICAL, VERSATILE and football savvy prospect from the Seattle area says he's getting lots of recruiting love from Ol' Wazzu. A new school, a new position and a growth spurt are all parts of his resume. It's unlikely he'll be as big as another Kennedy High product who went crimson last year -- but he's been carrying his new size well enough to catch the eye of the Cougars' Mike Levenseller.

"I've been talking to Wazzu a lot," said Domonic Shepperd, (6-0, 185, 4.59), out of Burien. "Coach Levy, I like him, he seems like a nice guy and down to earth. We've been talking once a week...they seem real interested in me so we sent them film."

Academics and environment will play a central role for Shepperd, who hails from the same Burien high school as the Cougs' Kevin Freitag. Shepperd does not yet hold an offer but his senior season tape, including highlights of Kennedy's game against California powerhouse Del Oro was shipped out to Washington State and others late last week.

"Washington State, they've got good academics and I know a lot of kids that are going to school there...and their football team is good, I like their style of football," said Shepperd.

Arizona State, UW and Oregon State are also lurking, and he's not in any rush, said Shepperd.

FROM A RECRUITING standpoint, Shepperd may not be on as many radars as he would otherwise have been in part because he just came over to Kennedy this year after spending '06 at Tacoma's Mount Tahoma High.

He's also playing safety and running back for the first time this season. He lined up his junior season at cornerback and wide receiver. Washington State is recruiting him at safety.

"I think I'll be a safety at the next level. The (transition) has been tough, Coach has been on me a lot," said Shepperd with a laugh. "I'm getting a feel for it now, though. At safety, I play real physical and I think that's why they moved me from corner to safety anyway."

"Coach" is Bob Bourgette, on staff at Kennedy for 35 seasons one of the more respected prep coaches in the Evergreen State.

"Same with Paul Arnold, he's my running backs coach but I'm just taking it in stride," said Shepperd, again with a laugh.

DEFENSIVE STATS for his first four games weren't available but Shepperd offered some rough estimates.

"I know I have three picks, a couple of fumble recoveries, I ran one pick back. I don't know how many tackles I have, but I know it's over 20," said Shepperd.

Offensively, The Seattle Times stats page shows Shepperd has only carried the ball 12 times this season but they've been memorable, he's averaging 14 yards a touch.

Senior season video will be on in the near future but his junior reel, as a cornerback at Mount Tahoma, is available now. The third play from scrimmage is, to use the parlance of yore, the kind of good old-fashioned slobberknocker every defensive player lays awake dreaming about.

Domonic Shepperd profile and video

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