Yesterday’s news cycle was dominated by Oklahoma, and the shocking news that Bob Stoops was retiring, effective immediately. A day later, Oklahoma State is hoping to recapture some attention, as the Cowboys secured a commitment from Kilgore wideout Jonathan Shepherd just over an hour ago. Shepherd is the 13th commitment in Oklahoma State’s 2018 class, and the third wide receiver, along with CJ Moore, and Jaelyn Nolan.
— Jonathan Shepherd (@Kid_Kuddi15) June 8, 2017
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Shepherd, as I mentioned, is the third receiver in this class, and his style really fits the other two receivers already in this class. Moore is a deep threat, while Nolan excels with the ball in his hands. Shepherd is a great combination of the two. he doesn’t have the high-end athleticism of the other two, but he does have the best hands, and he’s the purest wide receiver of the three. It’s easy to imagine a scenario in which Moore and Shepherd lineup opposite of each other on the outside, with Nolan in the slot. That’s a scary sight for defenses.
Shepherd choosing Oklahoma State was a bit of a surprise. He was long thought of as being a TCU lean, but TCU has shifted their focus to a few higher rated wide receivers out in Louisiana, and that gave Oklahoma State the chance to swoop in and land a great talent. He also turned down offers from Kansas State, Missouri, Oregon State, SMU and Texas Tech.
I’ve already touched on it a bit, but on the field, Oklahoma State doesn’t really have a guy like Shepherd on roster right now. He’s a big bodied, sure handed, technically sound wide receiver. His ceiling is lower than that of Nolan or Moore, but his floor is significantly higher. He’s not really the kind of player that will just completely dominate someone with his athleticism, but he’s an extremely solid target, and should play significant time at Oklahoma State very early on in his career. His ceiling comparison is Alshon Jeffery.