June 11, 2007

Shepard shows off his arm at UT mini-camp

Although he still has two years of high school football left to be played, Russell Shepard is a player that has already dominated the talk on recruiting message boards for the past several months. The Houston (TX) Cypress Ridge dual-threat quarterback is a highlight waiting to happen when he has the ball in his hands, and he's even drawn comparisons to former Texas Longhorn Vince Young for his ability to break down a defense with his legs.

While his ability as a runner is unquestioned, Shepard is still a work in progress in the passing game and he's been working hard in the off-season to make strides in that department. On Sunday, in front of the watchful eyes of the Texas coaches, the blue-chip signal caller showed off the results of his hard work at a Longhorn mini-camp.

The 6-foot-2, 183-pound playmaker has already landed on the recruiting radars of programs across the country, and this weekend's stop was actually his second visit to the Forty Acres in the past 10 weeks. In late March, the potential five-star prospect visited Texas for a Longhorn spring practice, and Shepard said he enjoyed the opportunity to chat up the UT staff again.

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