Shepard pulls offer No. 12, puts team first

Cy Ridge QB Russell Shepard continues to put up big numbers and the wins keep on racking up. And for him the good news keeps pouring in. Not only did the Rams win their playoff game this week against Alief Elsik 35-7, Shepard got a visit from a Pac-10 coach. TPI caught up with Shepard to get the latest news in recruiting.

It's no secret that the Cy Ridge football team is loaded with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. And with quarterback Russell Shepard leading the way, the Rams have seen quite a bit of success. The 5-star quarterback has gained the attention of nearly every Division I coach in the country and the offers are rolling in.

And this past week, another offer was presented.

"Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh came by the school to watch some video on me," Shepard said. "After he watched my video, he took a look at my transcript and offered me on the spot."

With Stanford added to the list, Shepard now holds 12 offers that include Florida, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Arkansas, Alabama, Boston College, Arizona State, and Minnesota

Other top programs mentioned that are recruiting him heavily are USC, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Texas. On the season, Shepard has 1,256 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing. He also has 758 yards and eight touchdowns passing. 

But one of many interesting facts about Shepard is his ability to make other teammates better. In the bi-district playoff game against Alief Elsik, Shepard had 99 rushing yards and a touchdown. But as a team, the Rams racked up 366 yards and a 35-7 win. 

To Shepard, that is very important. 

"It is great that I get all of this interest, but when we pull in wins it gives our team exposure," Shepard said. "With the wins, I hope that some of my teammates get offers also."

The 10-1 Cy Ridge team will face Aldine Eisenhower this Saturday in the area round of the playoffs. In this game, there will be some old school friendly faces and family competing.

"This game will have a lot of personal ties for me," Shepard said of the Class of 2009 Eisenhower athletes. "Me and my cousin (DB Craig Loston) are competitors and we are both coming to play. We look at film with each other so it will be interesting because we know each other's strengths and weaknesses. But he's an amazing player who I complement a lot."

He also mentioned quarterback Kenneth Guiton and Curtis McGregor as athletes he played with in youth football. The Cy Ridge/Eisenhower game is set for 2 p.m. at the Cy Fair Berry Center.

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