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Big Ten push for Shepherd

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Nebraska continues to pursue Utah commit X'avier Shepherd and while the Lakewood, Calif., three-star wide receiver said he appreciates the attention he's planning to stick with his commitment.
The 6-foot, 175-pound prospect said wide receivers coach Rich Fisher is trying to get him on an official visit to Lincoln and also working on an in-home visit.
Ever since Shepherd's commitment to Utah in August, Nebraska has not stopped recruiting him but the Lakewood recruit said he's happy with his choice.
"Coach Fisher is trying to get me up there on an official visit and he contacted me just a couple days ago trying to set up a trip," Shepherd said. "He was going to set up a trip out here to talk with my parents.
"Basically, he offered about a month and a half ago. I didn't really make a big deal about it. Nebraska was one of the schools that started showing me interest around my junior year. I never got to talk to coach Fisher but he started contacting me right after I committed.
"He was basically trying to get me up to Nebraska and to set up an official. He's trying to recruit really hard right now."
Shepherd, rated as the No. 61 receiver in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, said he's thankful Nebraska is pursuing him but he feels Utah is the right choice.
The three-star picked the Utes over Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Fresno State, Oregon State, UCLA and others in early August and does not regret the decision.
"It's a great offer from Nebraska," Shepherd said. "I'm glad and happy I got it. Coach Fisher is a great guy but I'm really committed to Utah.
"I really love the program up there. That's really just how it is. I found a home, I found a place I wanted to be and I really love it and I'm not really worried about doing more looking."
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