Recruiting: Shipley 'Loved Texas For A Long Time'

<B>Jordan Shipley</B> committed to the Horns on Friday and as promised, IT caught up with the Burnet burner to get his take on the way it all went down.

"Well, when I went to their practice last Thursday I just enjoyed how up front and honest Coach (Mack) Brown was and everything," Shipley explained. "Coach Brown will tell you how it is and that's just one of things I really like about him."

"And I talked to Coach (Darryl) Drake as well," Shipley continued. "I even got to sit in on a receivers meeting and see how they do things. I really liked meeting Roy Williams, B.J. Johnson and Sloan Thomas. I've seen those guys on TV and getting to meet them in person was a blast. But when I started thinking about everything, I just knew I wanted to go to Texas."

After sleeping on it for one night, Shipley didn't hesitate any longer and decided to go ahead and get the recruiting process wrapped up.

But why Texas?

"I feel like it's the best place to be," Shipley said after breaking a 100 meter track record with a smokin' 10.41 on Friday. "And I just wanted to go and represent Texas. It's just what I really wanted to do. It's the No. 1 school and the only place I really ever wanted to go."

And so why waste time when the school you've grown up admiring comes hard and heavy after you?

"I figured I might as well just get it over with," Shipley said. "I've loved Texas for a long time."

So how does this affect Burnet QB Stephen McGee?

Could this give the Horns just a little more of an advantage?

Friday, Coach Bob Shipley told IT he didn't think his son's commitment to the Horns would have much of an impact on McGee's decision because they never really placed an emphasis on attending the same school.

But what does McGee's go-to receiver think?

"Yeah," Shipley said with a great deal of optimism, "It may."

"Stephen's still got to do what's best for him," Shipley noted. "But I still think it could have a positive impact on him."

We'll see!

One thing is certain, the Horns grabbed themselves a heckuva wideout. IT ranked the Burnet standout as the 24th-best overall prospect in this year's early state rankings. And as we continue to watch more film, he could certainly move up. Don't expect him to move down because the kid can flat out play.


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