Penn State Bolsters Defense

Moon High School in Coraopolis, PA is the current home of one of the top linemen prospects in the country, A.Q. Shipley. Yesterday, A.Q. informed the Penn State coaching staff that State College would be his new home for the next 4 or 5 years.

Name: A.Q. Shipley
Position: DT
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 278 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.94
School: Coraopolis, Pa. (Moon HS)

Upon arriving at Penn State yesterday for an unofficial visit, A.Q. didn't waste any time before letting the Nittany Lion coaching staff know of his decision.

"It was probably about 11:30 yesterday morning," Shipley told LionNews this morning. "I told Coach Bradley and Coach Paterno came down. They were real excited. I took a few pictures with Joe Paterno. I went to lunch right after that and came back and they had their last session of the summer camp, so I went out and just told Coach Johnson, the D-Line coach. He almost tackled me on the field he was so excited.

"I kind of had a feeling going up there. I wanted to make sure everything felt right when I went up there and that it was the best fit for me. I went up with my parents and there were some other guys up there, Greg Harrison, Wyatt Bowman and Dontey Brown that were already committed and also Tyrell Sales who wasn't committed."

What made him choose the Nittany Lions?

"Every school that I visited always pointed back to Penn State. Everywhere I went, I'd like it, but then it would always point back to Penn State."

A.Q. wasn't short on reasons why Penn State came out on top.

"Their academics, their graduation rate, it's one of the top in the country if not the top, playing time, early playing time, also the fact that they can get defensive linemen to the pros as we saw this last draft. Coach Johnson's a great guy, I get along real well with him. Coach Bradley has done a great job recruiting me. I get along with a lot of their players. Also, it's pretty accessible for my parents to come see me play at any time anywhere throughout the Big 10."

The closest runner-ups were Michigan, Virginia and Pitt. Each had offered him a scholarship. Some internet fans were debating whether or not the Wolverines had offered.

"They gave me a verbal offer, but they wanted me to come up to camp this last time and they were going to give it to me in writing when I came up. But, I called and cancelled the visit."

Shipley plans to major in business.

A.Q. Shipley at Blue-White game.

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