Brandon Sheperd: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com is interviewing the coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to next week's National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Mark Goldenberg, the head coach at Parkway Central (Mo.) High School, about Brandon Sheperd, a 6-2, 190-pound receiver who hauled in 47 receptions for 818 yards and 21 TDs, earning all-state honors.

What are Brandon's strengths as a football player?

Goldenberg: "Brandon's strengths are being a football player. He has the size, speed and the best hands of any receiver I've ever been around or seen. He can do anything on the football field and do it well, whether it's blocking, catching, turning and running, tackling. In all areas he's one of the best I've ever had."

What do you think will be the biggest transition for him moving from the high school game to the Big 12 Conference?

Goldenberg: "I'm sure the speed of the game will be a difference and I'm sure that lining up against a Division I corner every single down will be a difference, but none of those things I think will be anything he can't handle quickly."

Do you think he has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?

Goldenberg: "I think as soon as he steps foot on campus at Oklahoma State he will be able to make an impact."

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?

Goldenberg: "OSU is kind to wide receivers. I'd hate to put unfair expectations on him but if he can focus and do what he's capable of doing the sky is the limit and he has a chance to be (similar to Justin Blackmon or Dez Bryant)."

What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?

Goldenberg: "I've never had a college player before so I really don't know but judging by his talent and work ethic I would say the sky is the limit for him. I'd hate to put any restrictions on him. If he is in the right system, which I believe he is because Oklahoma State is a very friendly wide receiver system, he can do unbelievable things."

What will you remember the most about coaching him?

Goldenberg: "What I will remember about Brandon is not on-the-field stuff, it's the kind of kid that he is. He is a very, very special young man. He's just a great, great kid."