BREAKING NEWS: Highland Home players sign, Faulk flips college commitment

Published 1:21 am Thursday, December 22, 2022

Highland Home School students and families gathered on Wednesday to watch two of their own — Keldric Faulk and KD Shepherd — sign letters-of-intent signaling their commitments on National Signing Day.

Faulk, who received offers from 31 schools and expressed strong interest in Florida State University, surprised fans by flipping his commitment to Auburn University, a choice impacted by the school’s proximity to his home and the overwhelming support he felt at every visit.

“The school has a new head coach, and they often find new top guys to recruit,” Faulk said. “So, me being the same top guy for [Secondary Coach Zac] Etheridge and me building a relationship with them in a short period of time, it means a lot to know they really want me to be a part of their program.”

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Faulk said he graduated early, completing classes on Dec. 16 to join the Tigers in Spring of 2023.

“I’ve been wanting to go to Auburn,” Faulk said. “God kept bringing them back in my life so that’s the place for me. It’s closer to the people I love most. I get to put on for my hometown, my home state, and represent them the best way I can.”

KD Shepherd signed a commitment to attend Jacksonville State University after considering offers from four other schools.

“I feel real good coming out to see everybody who has supported me,” Shepherd said. “They just made me feel at home at JSU. This is a dream come true for me. I never thought I would get to this point.”

Crenshaw County Schools Superintendent Dodd Hawthorne felt proud to watch the two young men sign college commitments.

“It’s awesome for these guys to be able to not only continue their football career, but to also continue their education,” Hawthorne said. “The opportunity they will have is so huge and for Highland Home School and our system to get this kind of recognition. I’m excited for what they will do on the football field and the opportunities they have to get a college education.”

For Highland Home head coach Will Pouncey, coaching two talented young men had a tremendous impact on his life.

“It just means the world to have the opportunity to have coached them,” Pouncey said. “They’ve affected me, my career, the school as well as the community. It just means the world to see them go on and represent themselves and their families, and the school.”