Gaffney (SC) High School's JB Shippy was simply phenomenal as a junior. He led the team defensively to it's second consecutive state championship and a perfect 16-0 record. Along the way he tallied 136 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, one interception, one fumble recovery and two blocked punts. For his efforts he was named to the class 4A all-state team.
Despite his unquestioned production on the gridiron, Shippy, at 5-11, 200 pounds is considered undersized for a division one linebacker. As a result, he's spent much of the spring and summer attending camps in the hopes of earning scholarship offers. So far he's made trips to NC State, South Carolina, Clemson and Virginia.
The Wolfpack ramped up their interest in Shippy back during the spring evaluation period and the rising senior came away impressed with his first trip to NC State.
"The camp went great," said Shippy. "I loved it. I was only there on Tuesday. I had a chance to work out for them, and I think they liked me at safety because I spent most of my time there. I got a chance to see the facilities, and I loved them. We got to see the wolf statue out front, and I got chills seeing that.
"I really liked the coaches as well. They were really getting excited out there and it was fun to see those guys getting pumped up like that."
While Shippy boasts one D-1 offer from Rutgers, there's two other programs he has at the top of his wish-list.
"Right now, I really like South Carolina and NC State," he said. "Those would be my top two. NC State didn't say anything about an offer but my coach is supposed to call them and then he's going to let me know what they're going to do."