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Tymier Shepherd set to continue career at Columbus State
Tymier Shepherd
Tymier Shepherd signing his national letter of intent in Alcovy's auditorium on April 25. - photo by Phillip B. Hubbard

Alcovy’s Tymier Shepherd penned his national letter of intent to play football at Columbus State on Thursday, April 25.

Shepherd’s signing was one of six that took place inside of the Tigers’ auditorium as he made it official in front of friends, family, teammates and coaches.

Having a packed room to witness his signing was a surreal moment for the senior.

“It means everything,” Shepherd said. “The support from the school, the staff [and] even my teammates. It means the world to me.”

After he put pen to paper, Shepherd discussed his thoughts about having the opportunity to play at the next level.

“It feels good,” Shepherd said. “I spent a lot of time with these guys over the last four years. I’ve built relationships with them — even the coaches. It’s been a wonderful time playing high school ball, I can’t wait to move on to the next level.”

As a Tiger, Shepherd spent most of his time at defensive end and linebacker.

At the end of the 2023 season, Shepherd was named as an honorable mention for Region 3-AAAAAA as a defensive lineman. 

In reflection, one of Shepherd’s biggest credits to the Tigers football program is their want to be great.

“My coaches are very strict on everything. They want us to be the best we can be,” Shepherd said. “A strong emphasis on effort and work.”

Shepherd’s desire to go to Columbus State stemmed from the feel of the team and campus.

“Columbus State is like family,” Shepherd said. “I feel like I am at home when I’m not at home when I’m there. I love the way the coaches are and the team.”

Prior to graduating from Alcovy and taking the trip down to Columbus, Shepherd spoke to the type of player the Cougars will be getting.

“An aggressive, highly motivated and high motor player,” Shepherd said.

Managing Editor Phillip B. Hubbard contributed to this article