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Saturday, March 23, 2013
2015 DB gets long-awaited offer from UT

By William Wilkerson

It was anyone’s guess how Texas’ sophomore day would unfold. But when offers started to get handed out, it wasn’t a surprise at all that the Longhorns went ahead and offered one of the top defensive backs in the state.

Kendall Sheffield (Fort Bend, Texas/Marshall) added a Longhorns offer to a list that already includes Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

“I actually met Coach [Mack] Brown and he offered me,” Sheffield said. “He was just telling me that he wanted to see me more, was glad I was here and wanted me to be a part of the program. I was happy to get the offer. I’ve been waiting on Texas to offer me.”

Sheffield liked the visit so much that he is expecting to make a trip back down to Austin on March 30 for Texas’ spring game.

There’s a lot to like about Sheffield right now.

In his first varsity season, the sophomore earned first-team all-district honors while playing for Buffaloes squad that had the best season in school history, going 13-1 and making it to the Texas Class 4A Division II quarterfinals.

He’s also one of the top hurdlers in the nation. His 110-meter hurdles personal-best time of 14.09 seconds is ranked No. 1 nationally among high school sophomores and fourth in all classes this outdoor season, according to Dyestat.com.

In addition to those attributes, Sheffield personally thinks it’s his “hips, feet and aggressiveness” that make him so valuable. He also has a 3.5 GPA.

Add those qualities up and you’ve got the makings of one of the most sought-after sophomores in the country.

Sheffield said all of the offers are the same right now because it’s simply too early in the process. When it came to Texas, he said he really liked the practice and getting to talk with one of Texas’ top players.

I spoke with Quandre Diggs,” Sheffield said. “He told me to just keep working hard.”

There’s little question Sheffield will do that. He already does and will continue to as more schools undoubtedly add their names to his offers list.