Brandon Sheperd (Chesterfield, Mo./Parkway Central) admitted that when Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma in Bedlam last weekend, he was one of the many fans who rushed the field. He knew in the back of his mind that Oklahoma State was the place for him before the trip, and that game served as confirmation.
Sheperd on Friday announced in front of family and friends that he will take his talents to Stillwater, Okla., next season and wear a Cowboys uniform. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound, three-star receiver and ninth-ranked player in Missouri, chose Oklahoma State over an offer from Missouri in what was a competitive battle that lasted for weeks.
“When I went to Oklahoma State, it just felt right,” Sheperd said. “When I was there, I went into the kitchen and made myself a sandwich with [quarterback] J.W. Walsh and [receiver] Josh Stewart. We were just chilling out and watching TV.
“Everything just felt right about that. Because it felt so much like home, I had to make that step. I’m a Cowboy now.”
Sheperd, in addition to Oklahoma State and Missouri, had more than a dozen offers from all over, including Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Iowa.
Sheperd will bring speed (4.46 in the 40-yard dash) and versatility to the Cowboys. He had 47 receptions for 818 yards and 14 touchdowns and also rushed for 182 yards and five scores on offense. As a member of the secondary, Sheperd finished with 56 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks for Parkway Central, which finished 10-2 this season.
Recruited by offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Sheperd will join a team that has had great success with its receiving corps. The NFL’s Dez Bryant is a go-to receiver with the Dallas Cowboys, and Justin Blackmon, expected to head to the NFL next season, was awarded the Biletnikoff Award for the second consecutive year on Thursday.
“Everything [Blackmon] did had to come through him, but it also came through great coaching,” Sheperd said. “If they can get a guy like that coached up to win the Biletnikoff, then that’s somewhere I need to be.”