December 25, 2009

Commit Update: Shepherd looking to compete

Austin Shepherd
Position: Offensive guard. Position Ranking: 18th-ranked offensive guard.
Commitment Date: 3/9/2009.
Recruited By: Kirby Smart.

Current Height and Weight?: "I'm at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds right now. I've been working out pretty hard since the end of the season trying to stay in shape so hopefully I show up to winter workouts ready to go."

On his future jersey number: "Well, ideally I'd like 76 but I know DJ Fluker already has it so I'll make due with something else."

On his future roommates at Alabama: "I'm rooming with Cade Foster and Chad Lindsay. Me and Cade met on our official visit weekend and I got to know Chad pretty well at an O-line/D-line camp we both attended. They are good guys so I'm excited about it."

On what he plans to study at UA: "Either business or sports marketing."

On what made him decide on Alabama: "It was a combination of everything. They just had the total package in a way no one else did. The coaching staff, the weight program, the tradition, the facilities. It was just one great thing after another."

On who he grew up rooting for: "Well, I grew up a Georgia Tech fan and then after years of my dad working on me, I eventually became a Georgia fan too. But all that sort of went away once the recruiting process started. You really don't see fan loyalties anymore once that starts because it becomes about your future and your career. Being a fan doesn't seem so important anymore when it's that important of a decision."

On his favorite moment of his senior season: "Beating Prattville was pretty great. It was a big revenge game for us because they killed us when we played before. Winning our region title was also really huge as well because if was our first in school history."

On what he likes to do besides play football: "I live on a lake so that's been a big part of my life. I love to just hang out on the lake, go swimming, go fishing. I spend as much time out there as I can."

On his expectations for playing time his freshman season: "I'm planning to go in and really fight for a spot out there this spring. I know they are looking to replace Mike Johnson at left guard and that's where I hope I can make an impact and really fight for that job. I definitely want to go out there this spring and learn as much as I can and become a better player but I think I really have an opportunity to jump into the competition and win that spot."

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