Shepard said he also considered American River, Feather River and San Mateo junior colleges before deciding on Sierra College, a two-year school in east suburban Sacramento.
"I didn't think I was big enough right now to play at a big school," Shepard said. "I'm getting my weight up to try to get an offer so I'll go the JC route.
"I like the offense Sierra runs. It's pretty much the same as we did in high school. They run the spread. They've got a new coach. I'm looking forward to it."
Sierra's proximity to the Truckee Meadows and the fact that another Reed standout, last year's D-I North player-of-the-year Devin Gray, had also decided to go to Sierra, didn't hurt the California college's chances of swaying Shepard.
"Devin is my best friend. Plus it's only two hours from Reno so my family can come down and watch games," Shepard said. "I want the whole college experience although I don't know really what to expect. It will be nice to get away."
Shepard leaves Sunday to move down to Rocklin. He'll soon begin summer practices, including conditioning and scheme workouts. Classes being at Sierra in late August.
"I'm really happy for him," Reed coach Ernie Howren said. "I feel like Ty has so much untapped talent. When he gets to college, he can really show what he can do … You always can get bigger, faster and stronger. And with Ty, anyone who has seen him lift, can see he's really explosive. He may be a little bit undersized but his strength and speed makes up for that."