Mississippi State adds former Notre Dame recruit, two others


Tee Shepard was a hot commodity coming out of high school in Fresno (Calif.).

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back originally committed to Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, but eventually he went the junior college route. This weekend, the four-star DB decided he’d like to finish his college football career in the SEC, choosing Mississippi State. Shepard has been at Holmes Community College in Mississippi, which makes the transition that much easier. He also seriously considered Ole Miss, USC and Washington.

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Shepard signed with the Fighting Irish in 2012 and even started the spring term as an early enrollee sporting a national top 100 ranking. But he decided pretty quickly he was homesick and decided to return home. He thought about going to Fresno State, but instead went the junior college route.

He is the No. 1 rated cornerback prospect in the nation in junior college football, and the No. 17 prospect overall. He is Mississippi State’s third highest rated recruit behind high schoolers Jamoral Graham and Aeris Williams.

Also, two in-staters joined the roster. High school teammates J.T. Gray and Elgton Jenkins from Clarksdale (Miss.) both joined the program. Gray is a 6-foot-0, 190-pound athlete and Jenkins is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive tackle. Both are three-star prospects. There are now 21 commitments on board.



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