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Shepard stays grounded through recruiting process

Updated: December 31, 2008, 1:03 PM ET
By Jeff Miller | Special to ESPNRISE.com

HOUSTON -- All the 2004 Houston Cypress Ridge Rams had accomplished in the program's first varsity football season -- winning a district championship and earning a Class 5A playoff berth -- seemed to no longer matter in the agonizing moments following a 28-0 first-round loss to Houston Memorial.

Coach Gary Thiebaud did his best to console the distraught players. As Thiebaud finally left the field, someone walking alongside him calmly mentioned the players' pain soon would pass and they ...

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