Even after the incredible football season Heritage Hall's Sterling Shepard had in 2010, he knows there are still going to be doubters.
Scholarship offers from any of the Big 12 schools are impressive, but an offer from Oklahoma — that gets a little more scrutinized.
Shepard wasted little time in orally committing to Oklahoma, becoming another member of the Shepard family to wear the crimson and cream. His father and his two uncles were also OU football players.
But make no mistake about it. This wasn't a token family legacy offer from OU. Shepard earned the right and has earned the No. 3 ranking on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruits for the class of 2012.
He knows with the commitment comes more scrutiny, and that's been a driving force for him since the end of last football season.
“I'm always looking for more motivation,” Shepard said. “Anything that can drive me to work harder is OK by me.”
Shepard made his imprint in the second half of last season. With running back Barry J. Sanders out with a foot injury, it was Shepard who had to carry the load.
Shepard scored four touchdowns in the second half in leading the Chargers to a 28-21 victory over Kingfisher in the Class 3A state championship game.
Then the offers started to come. Oklahoma State made the first offer. Missouri followed, and then the floodgates opened.
And Shepard, known for his bubbly personality, took it upon himself to hit the weight room as hard as possible. He elected to not play basketball and spent the winter in the gym.