Monday, June 24, 2013
2015 DB Sheffield planning SEC visit
By Sam Khan Jr.
PEARLAND, Texas — June has been a busy month for highly-regarded 2015 cornerback Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Thurgood Marshall).
Since the spring semester concluded, Sheffield took a visit to Texas A&M, traveled to Chicago for the Rivals Five-Star Challenge and he has been working on his other passion, track and field, in anticipation of some big meets this summer.
"It's been very exciting, doing multiple things that I like to do," Sheffield said. "I've just been living it up."
Class of 2015 defensive back Kendall Sheffield is planning a visit to Alabama next month.
On Friday, he and his family showed up at Pearland (Texas) High School for the Houston Baptist University/University of Colorado satellite camp. Sheffield wasn't participating, but wanted to visit with the Colorado coaches, particularly recruiting coordinator Troy Walters. The Buffaloes haven't offered Sheffield and he didn't even receive mail from them until he me Troy's father, former college and NFL coach Trent Walters, in Chicago.
"I met his dad in Chicago," Sheffield said. "He asked me if Colorado had sent me anything and I said 'No.' The next day, I got something from Colorado from his son. Then we came up here and we called him and they said the camp was here so we made it up here."
The conversation with Walters went well and Sheffield continues to keep his options open. He said he's in no rush to make any decision. He continues to pick up offers, with UCLA being the most recent one.
"I want to go up there and see Coach [Demetrice] Martin," Sheffield siad. "I talk to him a lot. We're building a good relationship right now."
The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback, who has offers from Baylor, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA, has also been building a good relationship with the Texas A&M staff. His visit for the Aggies' one-day camp on June 2 was his third of the year. He also attended the Aggies' junior day on March 2, which he said was his first recruiting trip to a college, and he returned in April for the "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage.
When he returned this month, his mother joined since she had not had the chance to make the previous trips with him.
"She liked it a lot," Sheffield said. "She was very impressed."
Sheffield, who didn't participate in the camp, said the family got a tour of the entire campus and that there was much talk about education, not just athletics.
"It's a big deal, especially for my parents and me," Sheffield said. "I'm going [to college] for an education."
Sheffield said he had the chance to visit with secondary coach Marcel Yates and head coach Kevin Sumlin on his visit. He said Sumlin told him, just like he did before, that the Aggies would love to have Sheffield in College Station, Texas.
Sheffield said some schools have even pressured him to commit. But he's in no hurry.
"I just tell them it's early in the process," Sheffield said. "When I'm ready to commit, I'll commit."
The only other planned trip to a college currently on his calendar is in mid-July, when he's schedule to attend a camp at Alabama. He's looking forward to the opportunity to compete in front of the staff of the reigning BCS champions.
"I'm very excited," Sheffield said. "I want to go up there and show them what I've got."