Houston North Forest offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd released his list of top eight schools on Saturday and the Texas Longhorns made the cut:
As the graphic indicates, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and USC are the other remaining contenders.
Texas recently hosted the 6’6, 319-pounder on an unofficial visit that allowed Shepherd the opportunity to get to know new co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Herb Hand and that time in Austin apparently had an impact on Shepherd. In the weeks since, the Longhorns have picked a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction, while another is now foggy.
The perceived leader is still Texas A&M, but it does appear that Hand’s hire and the recent visit has helped close the gap.
Along with fellow Houston-area products Kenyon Green and Tyler Johnson, Shepherd is one of the key offensive line targets for the Longhorns in the 2019 recruiting class.
A consensus four-star prospect, Shepherd is ranked as No. 290 player nationally, the No. 30 offensive tackle, and the No. 35 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.