A relative unknown prior to the 2006 Miami NIKE Camp, Hollywood (Fla.) Hollywood Hills defensive end Jabaal Sheard and college programs are starting to take notice.
"I opened a letter today from (Central Florida) that was talking about a scholarship," Sheard said. "I've gotten a whole bunch of mail and haven't opened it all. UCF and Florida International are showing the most interest right now."
Like many South Florida prospects, Sheard grew up pulling for the local powerhouse.
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"I like Miami (Fla.) a lot," he said. "I'd like to stay in the Southeast, but I'm open to going anywhere."
Florida, Florida State and Tennessee are also schools that Sheard is considering.
During the April 9 NIKE Camp, the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder was impressive in drills and testing and did a lot to increase his stock.
"I felt like I did OK," Sheard said. "I could have done better. I should have tried to beat some of those guys to the corner instead of going inside. I was going inside a lot. So, I felt like I could have done better.
"I'm a player that's just trying to be the best at what I do. I like to use my speed and go straight forward."
Sheard runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.6-second range and has a shuttle time below 4.3.
This summer, he has plans to attend a number of camps.
"Me and a couple of players are going up to a camp at UF," he said. "Also, I'm thinking about going to camp up at Tennessee."