- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — When it comes to the track, success is almost as natural to Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Thurgood Marshall) as it is on the football field.
Yes, Sheffield is one of the most notable Class of 2015 football prospects in the Houston area and the state of Texas, but the cornerback has been running track as long as he's been playing football. Over the weekend in the Texas Class 4A Region III track and field championships, he showed off those skills, winning the 300-meter hurdles (37.56 seconds) and finishing second to ESPN 150 cornerback Tony Brown in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.97 seconds.
It was his first regional title in high school and he'll head to the Texas state championships in May in both events.
"I'm very happy," Sheffield said. "All my hard work paid off. I'm ready to get it done at state."
Sheffield already holds offers from Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. His most recent trip to a school was when he visited Texas A&M for its "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage. It was his second trip to Aggieland, as he was also at their March 2 junior day.
The atmosphere, including a live disc jockey, impressed Sheffield.
"I liked it," Sheffield said. "That was the first time I'd seen that. It got everybody excited and ready to play."
Sheffield said he got to talk with head coach Kevin Sumlin while on the trip and the message Sumlin delivered was clear.
"He said he wanted me to come there," Sheffield said. "And he wants me to come [to campus] more often."
Sheffield said he'll plan to hit some summer camps at college campuses but he's not sure which schools he wants to camp at quite yet. His summer will be busy because after Marshall's spring practice completes because he'll turn his attention back to the track to run with his summer track club.
Balancing football and track is nothing new to Sheffield, who has been doing both since he was in elementary school. To be able to excel at both takes quite a bit of work, but he has the passion and drive to do it.
"It all comes with practice," Sheffield said. "I've been practicing hard on both of them. It's not really hard to transition, because I've been doing it so long. I can do it and deal with it."
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