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Sheppard gives Vols visit high ratings

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Three-star linebacker Kelvin Sheppard out of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson is still committed to LSU, but the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder took his second official visit of the season to Tennessee last weekend. What did Sheppard think of the trip and where does it put the Volunteers for his services?
"It was a good visit, I really enjoyed myself," he said. "I went with my teammate Jermaine Cunningham and we got there Saturday. When we arrived we went to the academic center, talked to a few people and then headed over to the stadium for the Vol Walk. After that, we went on the field for pregame and then I watched the game. That night, I went out with my host Inquoris Johnson. He's a really cool guy and he told me that he thinks I could have an instant impact on the defense.
"On Sunday, I woke up and had breakfast. Then I toured the campus and talked to the coaches including my position coach Trooper Taylor. Later that day we all went over to coach Fulmer's house and hung out and coach told me the advantages of coming to Tennessee and asked about my visit."
Sheppard enjoyed the Volunteers close victory over Memphis.
"It was a good game and the atmosphere was good with about 100,000 people there," he said. "I saw that Tennessee has a really good linebacking corps and they do their job very well. I really like the schemes they run, and they know how to stuff the run."
The No. 20 inside linebacker in the country gave the visit to Tennessee a near perfect 9.5 or 10.
"All the coaches, players and people there are really cool and I get along with all of them," he said. "I'd still say I'm definitely committed to LSU, but Tennessee is right up there."
Sheppard plans to take three other officials including the next one to Florida on November 26th and two others to Maryland and Louisville in December or January.
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