Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson is one of the must stop locations for college coaches every year. It is one of the top prospect producing schools in America and one of many this year is outside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
"LSU and Tennessee right now are my top two," Sheppard said. "They are both looking for help at my position and they both are telling me that I could come in and contribute right away. I really like the coaching staffs there and they have great facilities."
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Sheppard runs the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, has a 300-pound bench press and 410-pound squat.
"Florida, Virginia Tech and Maryland are also in my top five," Sheppard said. "I really kind of have a top six and that sixth team would be Georgia. The problem with Georgia is that they are loaded at linebacker and the playing time there isn't available as quickly as it is other places."
As a junior Sheppard collected 106 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and recovered one fumble.
"I want to play for a coaching staff that I get a long with," Sheppard said. "One of the biggest factors for me will be playing time, I would like to be able to play early and most of the schools I'm looking at can offer that. I've been talking with some of my teammates and one or two of us may go to the same place, but ultimately I have to make the decision that is best for me."
Sheppard is ranked as a three-star prospect and is the No. 33 player in the state of Georgia according to Rivals.com.
"I want to take some of my visits and all," Sheppard said. "I will probably have a decision sometime by Christmas I think. I am not in any hurry, but when I am ready I will go ahead and commit I won't wait around just to be waiting."