Shepard recaps official visit to Cal

DB Tee Shepard

Despite playing his high school ball in Fresno, Goodman (Miss.) Holmes J.C defensive back Tee Shepard said he had never spent a lot of time on the Cal campus. That all changed after an official visit this past weekend.

Tee Shepard was the top corner in the West region and a national recruit two years ago. He signed with Notre Dame, graduated early and enrolled for spring practice. He left the program before spring practice was over and surfaced at Holmes this past season.

Shepard had a big year at Holmes J.C this past season and has 24 scholarship offers on the table. He took his first official visit of the year this past weekend to California.

"I loved it there, I had a great time," Shepard said. "I've been to practices at Cal before but this was the first time I really did the whole campus tour and saw all the facilities. It was really impressive, it's a beautiful place and I already know half the team from seeing a lot of those guys at the different summer camps when I was in high school.

"Bryce Treggs was my host and we're real cool. We played together at GridIron Kings and hung out at The Opening back in H.S. I know Chris Harper really well too and a lot of other guys on the team. That was probably the best part of the trip, just seeing all those guys and catching up with them."

Shepard said he clicked with the coaching staff as well.

"Coach Dykes is a real good guy," Shepard said. "I spent a lot of time with Coach Stewart, the DB coach and Andy Buh, the DC as well. They play a similar defense to watch we played this past year and the depth chart is wide open to come in and play early.

"Coach Stewart got on the board and was drawing up their defense and also showing me how they train and work out their corners. It's a lot of the same things I've been doing with TP (Tony Perry-former HS DB coach) so I'm very comfortable with it.

"Right now, the biggest thing for me is trying to figure out if I want to move back to the West Coast or stay in the south. I liked it a lot in the South and took a lot of visits to Ole Miss. I'm going to take an official visit to Mississippi State and I'll check out Oklahoma as well. I want to take all five visits but I don't have any dates locked in yet. I'm really wide open right now and don't have a leader. I think once I figure out where I want to live, then I can cut things down and that will make things a lot easier."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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