Northwestern Wildcats Nab Underrated Cornerback Marcus McShepard

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In the end, I guess it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

One of the more underrated cornerbacks in the country chose the Northwestern Wildcats Tuesday, ending months of speculation that he would go out of state.

Marcus McShepard, the star cornerback at Cleveland Heights High School (Ohio), is choosing the Wildcats over fellow Big Ten teams such as Illinois and Penn State.

McShepard is vastly underrated. This is due to a number of things, namely, lack of marketing. Players who want to be seen need to put themselves in a place to be seen. That’s why prospects go to camps and skills academies all over the country. There’s Nike camps, Under Armour camps, rivals.com 5 star academies, etc. That’s not even counting the camps that each school individually holds.

McShepard only went to the Northwestern camp and it made a huge impact on the Wildcat coaching staff as well as the player.

The academics in Evanston are the biggest selling point to McShepard. Northwestern is a nationally renowned institution of higher learnin  and McShepard happens to be one of the rare football players who take their academics seriously, boasting a 3.5 GPA.

The biggest selling point to the Wildcats is McShepard’s speed and athleticism. Northwestern will need those attributes in the defensive backfield. With the Big Ten slowly drifting away from the plodding ground and pound game, speed, on defense especially, is becoming paramount. McShepard is said to have sub 4.4 speed, and he’ll need every bit of that to go against the caliber of athletes Urban Meyer is putting together in Columbus.

Northwestern has a long history of plucking underrated prospects from the backyards of the heavy hitters. McShepard could be the latest one.


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