Oregon receiver has BYU interest

The Cougar coaching staff has their eye on one of the top wide receiver prospects in the state of Oregon. Recently, Coach Poppinga visited the "Pacific Wonderland" to continue the recruiting evaluation process of the Wilsonville High School athlete.

The Cougar coaching staff is evaluating two prospects from Wilsonville High School. One of those prospects is Tanner Shipley.

"Well, I'm 6'2", 185 pounds and run a 4.5 forty," said Shipley, who was a junior last season. "I was timed in the shuttle at a 4.14 and have a vertical jump of 34 inches. Last season I rushed for 1,287 yards on 127 carries. I'm mostly a wide receiver but played running back last year. I only had six receptions for 117 yards. On defense I had five interceptions and made 27 tackles and seven pass breakups.

"I was named first team all-league and NEI [Northwest Elite Index] named me a second-team all-region and a first-team all-state running back and second-team all-region wide receiver."

Although Shipley gained most of his yards on the ground, averaging 10.1 yards per carry, he is being looked at as a wide receiver or safety prospect at the next level.

While BYU was in the midst of its spring camp, Shipley paid a visit to Provo.

"They wanted me to come visit, so I went down there after the seven-on-seven thing down in Las Vegas," Shipley said. "Coach Cahoon really likes me as a wide receiver and Coach Poppinga likes me as a safety, so they really wanted me to come down to watch practice. I called them up and set everything up. They're really interested in me and one of the more interested colleges in me right now."

Shipley enjoyed his visit to Provo.

"It was awesome down there and, I mean, the campus is just amazing how clean and beautiful it is with the mountains in the background," said Shipley. "I really liked watching the team practice and was impressed with how hard they work. They go 100 percent all the time and they have a really good philosophy there. It was really nice to see how committed the players and coaches were and feel that natural desire everyone has there. It's really motivational and pretty inspiring. I would be happy to end up at a place like that. The campus is just so clean and they have a top-five business school in the nation there. That's what I want to go into, so that's great."

Shipley said that BYU started recruiting him about three or four months ago when Coach Poppinga became interested in him.

"[Poppinga] calls my coach, Coach Gunther, and talked to him and said he saw my film. He was interested in me from the start, and so when I went down they were really interested."

BYU isn't the only school showing interest in Shipley.

"I'm on a visit with Oregon State right now," Shipley said. "Oregon State is awesome and I've been watching them as a kid. They're recruiting me right now as a receiver. It's really good to come out here on a day like this and watch them practice and see how they compete with each other. It's good to come out here.

"I'll be out at BYU's summer camp. They have their Junior Day, and then a week after I'll be out there for that. I would go to BYU's Junior Day, but Boise State is having their camp at that time and they're showing me interest too."

Right now BYU has allotted one scholarship to Talon Shumway of Lone Peak. Two other receivers that BYU is evaluating are Greg Wichers of Bingham and Inoke Lotulelei of Cottonwood. It appears Shipley could be up there with them.

"They said that I'm really high up there on their recruiting list," Shipley said. "They really want me to see more of me at their camp this year. Hopefully when I get out there I can do well and they can pull the trigger."

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