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Tee Shepard does not lack for scholarship offers.
The Holmes (Miss.) Community College cornerback claims 16 of them, to be exact, all of which come from BCS-conference schools. Each has its unique draw, and that's why Shepard is careful about naming frontrunners.
When he does toss out the names of schools that stand out for now, you get the feeling nothing is set in stone. It's almost as though the four-star prospect is thinking out loud - saying the names of schools that happen to come to him.
"I don't have a favorite, but I like a few schools," Shepard said. "I like Mississippi State and that defense and everything there … let me see … I like Georgia a lot … since they offered me now. I like a few schools."
The offer from UGA is among the junior college star's latest. He's not teetering on the verge of picking the Bulldogs just yet. His decision will take time, but the invite definitely made an impression. There's still exploring left to do and visits left to take, but it seems Georgia will be a major part of his decision going forward.
"I got Kansas State and Georgia at around the same time," Shepard said. "I know a little bit about K-State, but Georgia is a big-time school right there. It's a good program, you know? It's a good team."
Visits will have to wait - Shepard will not schedule those until next month. He plans to spend the coming weeks building relationships with the coaching staffs involved in his recruitment. He'll also take the time to wait for new offers to materialize.
Then he'll make a list and hit the road.
"I'm not going to be able to set up my visits until January," Shepard said. "I'm probably going to want to visit three schools because it will be tough to visit everybody in January and February, you know? I want to go ahead and announce in January or early February."
A 6-foot-2, 193-pound prospect, Shepard plans to be eligible to leave Holmes in May. He will not join the program of his choice until fall camp.
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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