March 26, 2013
Mizzou a Dream for Shepherd
It's safe to say Darrius Shepherd is familiar with the University of Missouri. First are the family ties. His father Lou played wide receiver for the Tigers in the 90's. Secondly, Shepherd has been to campus "too many times to count."
"I've been to two junior days, I've been up for football games, basketball games, all sorts of visits," he said.
Finally, there is his allegiance as a fan growing up.
"I've been a Mizzou fan my whole life," Shepherd said.
Since he was little, he's been watching the Tigers play. Now as a 2014 recruit, Shepherd is getting to the point where he could soon be one of the players on the team.
"Yeah you could say it'd be a dream to play for Mizzou," he said. "My dad is always talking about it, talking about Mizzou."
But without an offer, Shepherd is keeping his options open and listening to any school that reaches out to him. That even includes Missouri rival, Kansas.
"It's a little weird," he said when asked about being recruited by his favorite team's biggest rival. "But I have to be willing to listen to anyone who will take a chance on me."
Right now, the 6-foot, 175 pound receiver is hearing from Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa, Northern Illinois and Illinois among others. He's either visited or has plans to visit all of those schools, including a trip to Tulsa next week. He says he likes how Missouri stacks up.
"The facilities are really nice compared to other places and they have a good atmosphere there too," the 2013 All-State receiver said.
While Shepherd has plenty of ties to Missouri, he also has a current teammate in his ear about a different school. Running back Dalvin Warmack is a Kansas State commit.
"Dalvin is always trying to get us (teammate Elijah Lee) down to K-State," Shepherd said.
As he waits for his first offer, Shepherd is continuing to work on his game. The versatile athlete could even see time at quarterback in the Blue Springs offense next year. He's optimistic his scholarship offers will come.
"I was at Missouri's junior day and I just talked with Coach [Andy] Hill and he's pretty positive about things," Shepherd said. "He said they're interested in me and they want me to come down for camp in the summer and see my speed."
Should Missouri offer, Shepherd might not take long to think it over.
"I don't know if I'd commit right on the spot, but I'd be tempted," he said. "I'd have to talk about it with my family first."
With his father's background in black and gold, it's hard to imagine Shepherd's family having any objections.
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