The verbal pledge of Houston North Forest offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd to the Texas Longhorns remains intact, officially, but also remains tenuous, as the Georgia Bulldogs hosted the consensus four-star prospect for an official visit over the weekend:
OV #GoDawgs ... pic.twitter.com/sxJJNx33Lk— J. Shepherd (@JavonneShepherd) January 27, 2019
According to multiple reports, Shepherd also took an official visit to Alabama. The Horns are set to get the final word with the 6’6, 327-pounder, as he’s scheduled to take his official visit to Austin this weekend.
So, with National Signing Day looming in less than 10 days, Shepherd has taken multiple visits to other programs, including Texas A&M, and removed all evidence of his pledge to Texas from his Twitter bio.
The good news is that there haven’t been any flip picks for Shepherd to the Aggies in the 247Sports Crystal Ball since early September, but it’s a definite possibility that the third member of the 2019 offensive line class for the Horns could head elsewhere.
However, it’s still a positive sign that the consensus four-star prospect who is rated as a top-30 offensive tackle nationally is still technically committed to Texas. Now the task for head coach Tom Herman and co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Herb Hand is to secure that signature next Wednesday by getting him on campus this weekend and convincing him that Austin is the best place to play his college football.