Shepard focusing on health

Cornerback Tee Shepard has not been heard from since he recently withdrew from the University of Notre Dame and moved back to his hometown of Fresno, Calif.

Shepard was in attendance on Saturday at a 7-on-7 passing tournament in Las Vegas and he confirmed that the reason for his departure from Notre Dame was “health-related”, as had been rumored on various social media outlets.

“I had known since high school that there was something with my heart, but I never knew it was anything serious,” Shepard said. “When I took my physical at Notre Dame, they saw it right away. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I dropped out and came home to figure out what to do next.

“Right now I’m just working on my health. It’s not something that’s an issue, it’s just something I’ve got to get to the point where I can pass a physical again. My plan is to pick a new college in May, I’m not sure how the process works to go to another school, but I want to go somewhere closer to home.”

Shepard was ranked as the No. 9 cornerback in the nation in the ESPNU class of 2012 rankings and had graduated high school early to enroll at Notre Dame in January.

Information from WeAreSC's Erik McKinney was used in this report.