Ranked as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports ... A top-75 player in the state of Texas according to 247Sports and ESPN, as he is ranked at No. 73 and No. 67, respectively ... Comes from a run-heavy offense at Kilgore, which dampened his statistics as a wide receiver ... Nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
High School: Played for coach Michael Wood at Kilgore High School ... Finished his career with roughly 1,000 receiving yards in a run-heavy offense ... Was Kilgore’s top target in 2017, but secured roughly 20 catches for 500 yards and five touchdowns ... Recorded 17 catches for 259 yards and three receiving touchdowns as a junior and hauled in five passes for 70 yards as a sophomore ... Runs a 4.47 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports ... Nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Displayed his speed on the track for Kilgore as well ... Won the Texas Class 4A State Championship in the 4x200 meter relay by posting a time of 1:26.33 with teammates ... Also ran in the 4x400 meter relay at the UIL state track meet as a freshman ... Chose Oklahoma State over offers from Colorado State, Kansas State, Memphis, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon State, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech and others.
Personal: Son of Ronald and Janda Shepherd ... Born Nov. 10, 1999, in Longview, Texas … Comes from a family full of athletes ... Father, Ron, played baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays, while his brother, Ja’ron, played baseball at Mississippi State and also plays pro baseball ... Brother, Joseph, played baseball at Henderson State and brother, Jeremiah, played baseball at Southern and sister, Jessica, was on the track and field team at Wiley College ... Uncle, Larry, played in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders ... Plans to study business.