The Spartans are only about 10 minutes from Sheffield's home and he admits he's always liked them. "They're the local school, so I watched them a lot," Sheffield said about San Jose State. "But I liked California and Stanford too. I like the Pac-10. But I'm a huge college football fan and followed a lot of schools."
San Jose State was also Sheffield's first offer in August. "The new coaches are great," he said. "They're turning that program around. They have a great future and I really believe that they'll improve under coach Mike MacIntyre."
Sheffield, ranked as the No. 135 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but has narrowed his focus to Boise State, Fresno State and San Jose State. All have offered as well as Wyoming.
He took an official visit to Boise State on Nov. 20. "It was really cool," he said about his experience. "I love the atmosphere up there. The fans are really loud and support the program.
"I liked all the players too," Sheffield said. "They've gone from being a good program to being a powerhouse and handled it very well. I really think they can beat anyone in the nation."
He also visited Fresno State on Dec. 10. "They run a pro-style offense and I like how many guys they put into the league," he said about the Bulldogs. "I really like coach Pat Hill and that program isn't afraid to play anyone. They always schedule top teams."
Fresno State is only about two hours away from his home and he admits that distance may be a small factor. "It would be cool to have my parents be able to come to all my games," he said. "But I keep going back and forth between wanting to leave the state and wanting to stay in-state. I'm gonna try and not let the location affect my decision."
Sheffield, like most recruits, says that comfort is going to be his main criteria. "I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable," he said. "I want to go where I'll like living and going to school even when I'm not playing football."
He says all three are recruiting him equally hard.
"It's all pretty even right now," he said. "I'm not gonna drag it out though…after I get back from San Jose State, I should be able to choose."
Sheffield says he can bench 325-pounds and squat 425.
"I like to finish my blocks and I have good footwork and hand placement," he said. "I play basketball too and that has helped my hand-eye coordination. I'm also pretty quick and love making the big play.
"But I want to get better overall and be the best," he said. "I really want to get faster."
Sheffield plans to major in criminal justice and reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 1510 three-part SAT.