5 Burning Questions in 5-Star CB Kendall Sheffield's Recruitment

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 3, 2014

5 Burning Questions in 5-Star CB Kendall Sheffield's Recruitment

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    At 5'11" and 180 pounds, Kendall Sheffield is a 5-star cornerback from Texas who attends Fort Bend Marshall High School in Missouri City. He's an elite athlete who has exceptional speed, quickness and movement skills.

    Sheffield can work well in all three general coverage alignments, plus he could have some value as a returner on special teams in college. The Texan is among the most coveted prospects in the nation, as the recruiting spotlight is always on him.

    There's several pressing questions surrounding Sheffield's recruitment that need to be answered.

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Is He a Lock for Texas A&M?

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    Among Sheffield's top schools is Texas A&M, per 247Sports. The speedy cornerback's 247Sports Crystal Ball is at 96% for the Aggies. 

    Per a report in May by Gerard Martinez of USCFootball.com (subscription required), the feeling among recruiting pundits is Texas A&M is in the driver's seat. Sheffield maintains he has no favorites, but the Aggies have to feel good about their chances right now. 

Where Does Texas Stand?

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    Another key school in Sheffield's recruitment is Texas, says 247Sports. The Longhorns are not the dominant program on and off the field they once were, but they still remain a factor on the recruiting trail.

    Sheffield appears to be giving a good amount of thought to playing in Austin. He told the following to Jason Howell of Rivals.com (subscription required) regarding Texas on May 8:

    I just want to get to talk to coach (Charlie) Strong and want to build a relationship and see the academics and stuff like that...I've been talking to coach Vance Bedford a lot, every two weeks, and we're building a relationship and I'm just happy to get up here and see what Texas has to offer.

What Other Schools Are in the Mix?

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    Although it seems like Texas A&M is the favorite, Sheffield still gives off the vibe of a recruit who is open. Several schools remain in the hunt for the talented cornerback, as he seems intent on making multiple visits before reaching a decision.

    Aside from visiting College Station and Austin, Sheffield has also stopped by LSU and Baylor, says Jason Howell of Rivals.com (subscription required).

    There's a possibility that other schools such as Florida State, Ohio State, USC, Oregon and UCLA will see the 5-star cornerback in person.

What Are the Biggest Factors for Him?

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    All recruits have certain things they're looking for in a school. Some want to play for a coach who will get them to the NFL. Others want a school with great facilities. Some prospects value proximity to home as the top factor.

    Based on what he said to Gerard Martinez of USCFootball.com (subscription required) last month, it seems academics and early playing time are the two biggest factors for Sheffield.

    Distance from home may or may not play a large role in his decision.

When Will He Make His Decision?

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    Although Sheffield is weighing his options, he will not make a decision soon. However, nether is he going to wait all the way until National Signing Day.

    Sheffield is scheduled to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in January, which is when and where he will be announcing his decision, says Jason Howell of Rivals.com (subscription required).

    That means one lucky program will be receiving a late Christmas gift.


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.