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CB Tee Sheppard is 2012's First Recruit

Tee Sheppard has verbally committed to Notre Dame and becomes the first recruit of the 2012 cycle for the Fighting Irish.

Sheppard has opened many eyes and carried a lot of offers from the nation's elite, and might be the top corner of the entire 2012 class.

He should be a solid 4-star prospect and maybe a 5-star when it's all said and done. Here is some of his information:

Central East High School in Fresno, California

6'1" 175 pounds

Scout says:

"A long, rangy defensive back, Shepard has safety size and plays corner and safety for his Central team. He is excellent in coverage and has great hands. He has a fluid hip turn and does a good job of looking back for the ball. He appears to prefer to play on the perimeter rather than mixing it up near the line of scrimmage which could lead him to stick at corner on the next level. He is outstanding against the pass."

We still have a long way to go until signing day next February, but Sheppard is a huge pick up and someone who could swing momentum in favor of the Irish.

He also immediately addresses a need in the defensive backfield for Notre Dame and if the reports on his performances over the past year or two are true, he is a legit shut down corner who could play right away as a freshman.

Yeah...we need that.

Welcome aboard Tee!