Being a May junior college graduate isn't ideal. Coaches prefer mid-year transfers for obvious reasons. The situation does, however, allow some time for reflection. When four-star defensive back Tee Shepard decides to look at the bright side, that's the reason he cites.
Shepard is yet to take a single official visit, putting him behind schedule for this time of year. Finally, though, the date for destination No. 1 has been set.
"I set up Oklahoma on Jan. 17th," Shepard said on Sunday night. "I'm going go down there and see what's going on."
Shepard, who is originally from Fresno, Calif., has plenty of friends kicking around Norman these days. The Holmes (Miss.) Community College standout is buddies with OU freshmen L.J. Moore and Hatari Byrd, both of whom hail from his hometown.
But the unique level of familiarity doesn't end there.
"Oklahoma has been recruiting me for years," Shepard said. "They've been talking to me for a long time. That doesn't matter too much, but it matters. I've been talking to OU forever."
Outside of his planned official visit to Oklahoma, Shepard is short on other definite plans. There are plenty of schools on his list of possibilities. Shepard has options and has for some time. It's why deciding on travel plans is difficult.
"Maybe USC the week after I go to Oklahoma," Shepard said. "I'm still in the middle of figuring out what I really want and where I want to go for visits and all that. They have one of the best programs in the country. I have to go check them out."
A 2012 highs school graduate, Shepard originally committed to Notre Dame out of Fresno Central East High School. He was ranked as the No. 4 high school cornerback at that time.