Tee Shepard Notes

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Last week I had heard that Tee Shepard might be visiting on the 17th but couldn’t get confirmation. Yesterday Rob Cassidy from Rivals confirmed it when he tweeted out the following:

As I’ve said before, the 17th is looking like a big time recruiting weekend.

I will tell y’all that I talked to a source (I only have one source on this but he’s usually right when it comes to recruiting stuff) and I asked him where OU stands with Shepard and he said “OU is going to get Shepard”. I said “how do you know?” He just repeated…”OU is going to get Shepard.”

So take it for what ever you feel it’s worth.

I personally hope we do get Shepard. He is an incredible player. Amazing footwork, moves effortlessly and unlike most big kids he’s actually flexible. He’s also physical and plays well in open space. There is a confidence about Tee that makes everything he does look easy. He isn’t in a hurry. That typically comes from a lot of preparation and a mastery of technique.

Tee might even be a great cover safety. In Oklahoma’s scheme there isn’t a huge difference between the FS and SS position. You have to be able to play the deep middle on either side because of way Oklahoma disguises and rotates the coverage. You have to be able to play man. You have to be able to come down and tackle. And you have to be able to play robber. It doesn’t matter what side you play on, you have to be able to do all those things. In my estimation Tee could do all those things. Some might say, “why would you take an elite corner and turn him into a safety?” Well,

1) I’m not saying I would do that. I’m just saying they COULD do that and there is a premium on finding safeties that do what they are required to do in our scheme. I’ll wait till we see the players in the spring but I’m not convinced yet that all of the safeties we have on campus can do everything they’re required to do in order to give Coach Mike the flexibility he wants. There is no such thing as an “in the box” safety in Coach Mike’s scheme. If you’re stiff…you better start lifting because the only way you’re going to see the field on a consistent basis is as an LB.

2) We have quite a few players who I think can more than handle the corner spot. We don’t have as many people that can handle all the rigors of the safety spot. In fact Oklahoma is so dead set on getting Steven Parker because Parker actually plays corner some times. They know they’d have an elite cover safety with size and if you’re going to stop the run in the big 12 you’re not going to be able to protect your corners all the time and you’re also going to force your safeties to basically become unprotected corners. Also, you need guys that can break on the ball and tackle in space.

Anyhow, Tee Shepard would be at the top of my DB board. Juwan Dowels would be second. I’ll make my case for Juwan over the other HS DBs we are recruiting in another post.

Thanks for reading! 🙂


  • Cary Newman


    Is Dowels still scheduled to visit on the 31st?

    • Super K

      It depends. He flipped it to the 31st but Stanford is talking to him bout flipping it back if OU lets him.

      • Super K

        Sorry Stanford isn’t the school Stanford…it’s former FSU CB, Stanford Samuels – he’s Juwan’s trainer/mentor and a friend of mine.

        • Shifty

          Do you think they are afraid we might fill up their spot? Would we take Dowels, Randolph and Shepard? We have to have some attrition because I count at least 62 on scholly next year..that means 3 more ships and I know we’re going after more than 3

        • Cary Newman

          Thanks K. With the momentum we now have, ya think we might be full by the 31st?

        • Texclimber

          What are our chances with adoree Jackson? Sounds like he knows guys on the squad and mixon helps.

  • Drew T

    Appreciate the update! Really appreciate all the information and insight you guys are providing the fans

  • Ed Cotter

    Good stuff K, thanks. Good to know what’s up with Shepard, been awhile.

  • Indy_sooner

    We are also going after very physical DBs and I love that. I also like that these guys have some speed. I agree with Parker being #1 priority, but I find myself preferring Dowels a bit more than Tee.
    We are realistically looking at 4 additional DBs (Quick, Parker, Shepard, Kendall) all of whom we have a great shot of landing. That is an epic predicament to be under and when it’s all said, will probably be the deepest and best backfield class in the country when you consider Windham and Green.

    Edit: Make that 5 DBs. Added Jamoral Graham out of Mississippi to the list

    • SoonerfanTU

      Quick. If we get him, haven’t we told him he’ll get a shot at offense first?

      • Indy_sooner

        Didn’t know this, thanks for the catch.

      • Steve Cooke


    • Shifty

      Make that 6..Dowels

      • Indy_sooner

        Correct. Yikes

    • Daryl

      I don’t think that Quick plays DB for us. I think Quick has a really good chance to be right behind Shepherd as our Slot WR.

      Super K, I am curious what your thoughts are on Dakota Austin. I love his highlights and I have heard that he is a lock down cover guy, but is his size going to keep him off the field since Mike likes the bigger physical corners? Especially with the guys that are coming in this recruiting class?

    • Leroy Jenkins

      And don’t forget about Adoree’ Jackson…


  • SoonerBredCD

    Is this the same source that told you there was no way we would get Mixon?

    • Super K

      That was a guy who’s known mixon for a while. He’s a legit source and really believed mixon wasn’t going to go OUs way until last week. But The guy who told me about Shepard is the same guy who told me we’d get devante bond the week before he committed.

  • pitbull17

    One thing I love about Mike Stoops, the guys he recruits are “rip your head off tough” and OU had been missing that for a while. Sure there have been a few of them, but Mike likes everyone on the defensive side of the ball to be that way and I love a defense that will flat out punch you in the mouth.

  • cjsooner

    Can Cortez Johnson play safety?