Kilgore's Shepherd sticks to commitment, signs with Okla. State
KILGORE — Jonathan Shepherd never wavered on his decision after giving a verbal pledge to Oklahoma State University more than a year ago, and on Wednesday the Kilgore High School standout receiver made if official by signing a national letter-of-intent with the Cowboys during a ceremony at the KHS Athletic Office.
Shepherd, who had more than a dozen offers – including fellow Big 12 schools TCU, Texas Tech and Kansas State – said it was simply a matter of knowing Oklahoma State was the right place for him early in the recruiting process.
"Honestly, it was the coaching staff," said Shepherd, who caught 35 passes for 664 yards and eight touchdowns for Kilgore the past two seasons. "My (receivers) coach, Kasey Dunn, when we first met we just formed a bond and after I went up there to meet everyone I was just solid after that."
Shepherd, a 6-3 burner, averaged 18.9 yards per catch over the past two seasons. As a senior, he hauled in 18 passes for 405 yards (22.5 per catch) with five touchdowns and long reception of 86 yards. As a junior in 2016, he finished with 17 catches for 259 yards (15.2 per catch) and three touchdowns with a long reception of 64 yards.
The KHS standout, who also had offers from Texas State, Southern Mississippi, Oregon State, North Texas, Memphis, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe, Houston, Florida Atlantic and Colorado State, said he was told simply to continue working now and be ready for more work when he arrives in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
"They just told me to keep working on the simple stuff, my stance and my breaks. Just to be ready. As far as starting, they just said work hard and we'll see how things go when I get there."
Oklahoma State is 9-3 and ranked No. 17 heading into a Dec. 28 game against No. 22 ranked Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
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