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Ex-Irish corner Tee Shepard commits to Miss. St.

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A football odyssey that began in Northern California and continued (briefly) in the Midwest has culminated with a landing in the Deep South.

Just a couple of days ahead of National Signing Day, Tee Shepard confirmed to Rivals.com that he has committed to continuing his FBS playing career at Mississippi State.  Shepard had played at Holmes Community College in 2013.

I told them I’m a Dawg,” Shepard told the recruiting service. “They’re all excited. The players, the coaches and everybody are just excited. It’s crazy. The coaches were telling me all week about the same two things: football and academics. That’s what I’m happy about. Everybody is just excited right now.”

Shepard opted for the Bulldogs over, among others, Ole Miss, USC and Washington.

The Irish announced back in March of 2012 that Shepard was no longer enrolled at the school, two months after he enrolled as an early signee as part of Notre Dame’s 2012 recruiting class.  The stated reason for Shepard’s decision at the time was the desire to be back closer to his family in Fresno.

After leaving South Bend, Shepard considered transferring to Fresno State as well as USC.

Shepard, a four- or five-star player depending on the recruiting service, was rated as the No. 4 corner in the country in the Class of 2012 and the No. 11 player at any position in the state of California by Rivals.com.

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8 Responses to “Ex-Irish corner Tee Shepard commits to Miss. St.”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 3, 2014 12:57 PM

    Not sure Starkville is any close than South Bend to California geographically or culturally…

  2. spreadthecheese says: Feb 3, 2014 1:15 PM

    Distance isn’t the reason he left Notre Dame. There were other personal things he had to attend to. And the fact he’s now going to Mississippi State suggests he’s turned things around.

    Best of luck to him.

  3. bigdinla says: Feb 3, 2014 2:21 PM

    Also MS St. is not exactly an academically challenging institution.

  4. cvilleirish says: Feb 3, 2014 2:51 PM

    Good luck Tee. I truly hope, for your sake, that things work out for you.

  5. seanb20124 says: Feb 3, 2014 7:28 PM

    He and Deontay Greenberry were 2 recruits ND should have left alone.

  6. tampabayirish says: Feb 3, 2014 8:28 PM

    Best of luck with your future endeavors.

  7. pdcooper08 says: Feb 5, 2014 4:40 AM

    I can’t figure why so many are so quick to point out academics and how there institution is so much more superior then the others. Hell, last I heard, to be eligible, you need to have a 2.0 GPA, passed at least 12 units per semister and 24 for the year. Not every student athlete has to be a straight A student or on the honor roll to be sucessful. That goes for all other institutions as well, not everyone can be a ND, Rice or Vandy.

    If you can mantain your eligibilty and have the chance to play a sport in college, maybe earn your degree along the way, the more power to you.

    Why can’t this kid just go to where he feels he is needed and wants to give his efforts to. I don’t know if I would have chosen MSU to other the schools on his list, but if that’s what he wants, good for him. Good luck in school and in your future Tee.

  8. rheffero says: Feb 28, 2014 3:25 PM

    I do not think the kid played his HS year either, so the only tape in the last 3-4 years is from Holmes CC.

    But, since he is going to SEC vs PAC 12, he is immediately (sight unseen) ranked as a pro prospect by Kiper and McShay…and his 40 time just improved to a “likely 4.3/4.4″. Combine time it will be 4.6.

    Note-NFL defenses, stocked these last 5 years with these SEC defensive “playmakers” delivered their worst performance in NFL history…just saying

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