Tee Shepard, a prized cornerback recruit, is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame per a Tweet by the Director of Football Media Relations at Notre Dame, Brian Hardin. Shepard starred for Fresno (Calif) Washington Union High School and was considered a four or five-star recruit by all major recruiting services.
This is a major blow to the Irish, which desperately needs athleticism and star power in its defensive secondary. Shepard is the second star recruit from Washington Union to leave or decommit from Notre Dame, joining teammate Deontay Greenberry, a star receiver who shocked analysts and fans alike when he ditched Notre Dame for Houston.
Additionally, the Irish lost one-time commitment Ronald Darby, a five-star cornerback recruit, to the Seminoles on signing day.
Per Notre Dame's release:
"Tee is a special person and it's unfortunate it didn't work out here," Brian Kelly said in the release. "Everyone at Notre Dame wishes him all the best in the future," Kelly added.
Shepard's new college football home is unknown at this point.
Look for a feature on Notre Dame recruiting early next week with the experts at One Foot Down.