Marble Falls (Texas) tight end Hanner Shipley helped his team to a 2-1 finish at the Lake Travis 7on7 Regional Qualifier on Saturday as the team works to flourish under a new head coach in Matt Green.
"We didn't get to do spring ball with Coach [Todd] Dodge leaving, but it's great to come back out here on the field, in that we're able to catch passes and be competitive. We're going to have a new offense with Coach Green coming in and I think it's going to be great," he said.
"I'm supposed to graduate early this next semester, so I'll be there in January if everything works out."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect is still unsure of what his role will be in the Mustangs' new offense.
"I don't know if I'm going to be playing tight end. I don't know what he's going to run. He came to watch us play and I had a lot of touchdowns and catches, so he may put one in, but I don't know. I'm just waiting it out. If not tight end, then I'll probably play right tackle or somewhere on the offensive line. I'll play anywhere; I just want to do what's best for the team," he said.
However, Shipley, a longtime LSU commit, says that the Tigers' coaches still plan to use him at tight end.
"I'm really strong and able to block. That's what the coaches at LSU have said. I have to be able to block with power; that's the first rule of tight ends who play there. They use very big tight ends like me. It's going to be a great process, just going there and seeing what I can do," he said.
College football could come quickly for Shipley, who is working towards early enrollment.
"Things with LSU are going really well. It's hard since it's so far away, hard for my parents, but I can't wait. I love it there. I'm supposed to graduate early this next semester, so I'll be there in January if everything works out the way I hope it will," he said.
Aside from his recruitment, Shipley is looking forward to his senior season with the Mustangs.
"I think we will be a force to be reckoned with this year," he said.