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Friday, November 16, 2012
Marcus McShepard could commit on visit

By Jared Shanker

Cleveland Heights (Ohio) cornerback Marcus McShepard has a dream school, and it offered him a scholarship this week.

Northwestern offered the 5-foot-11, 180-pound McShepard on Wednesday as soon as the staff saw his ACT score.

“I told you the first game they wanted to see different things on my film. They knew I had speed and playmaking ability. After the season my film pretty much showed I can make plays and be a big-time player,” McShepard said.

“The last couple weeks I’ve been waiting for my ACT. It was kind of like a setback [with Northwestern] because I didn’t have my ACT. I got it on Tuesday and sent it to one of the coaches and they offered me the next day.”

The 24-hour turnaround for an offer was a little surprising to Shepard, but he had an idea he would land the offer if his test score was strong enough for Northwestern. McShepard said the Wildcats were between offering him and one other corner but had McShepard higher on their board.

Northwestern sits at the top of McShepard’s list and is followed by Toledo and Air Force. He will make an official visit to Northwestern at the end of the month.

He could make a commitment, too.

“That’s the dream school, basically that’s been the place I wanted to go to since I’ve been in high school,” he said. “And the fact they offered me as soon as they got my ACT, it shows they’re interested. If that feels like the place for me when I visit then I’ll commit.”

If McShepard does not commit to Northwestern that weekend, he will make an official visit to Penn State the weekend of Dec. 7.

“They called me four or five weeks ago and the coach said he saw my midseason tape and wanted to touch base to know they’re interested,” McShepard said, “and from that day into now they’re calling me. The recruiting coach wants to offer, the DB coach wants to offer, but they’re talking to the head coach to review everything.”

If the Nittany Lions offer, they would replace Air Force in McShepard’s top three.

Air Force will host McShepard for an official visit in January, and he said he has no concerns with signing to play at a military academy.