Shipley Prepares For UT

Jaxon Shipley wasn't supposed to be in Austin for Signing Day.

As a matter of fact, the wide receiver was at a church retreat in Brownwood when his father called him outside. A late spot had opened up at the USA vs. The World All-Star game, and Shipley had to make a quick decision on whether to attend.

"He said it was a special thing," Shipley said. "So obviously, I was up for that and wanted to go. I just got my stuff ready and in three hours, I was on my way to Austin."

Late pick or not, Shipley has displayed the same route running, hands and work ethic that stood out during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices.

"The Army game was a lot more drawn out, more strict," Shipley said. "This has been kind of a relaxed setting. We're having a lot of fun out there at practice."

When the week finishes up, Shipley will head back to Brownwood to continue training with his brother, Jordan. Jaxon originally wanted to enroll early at Texas, but elected to stick around to spend time with his sister — a junior at Brownwood High School — and his grandmother, while running track.

Those plans hit a snag when Jaxon, who completed the credits to graduate, found out that he needed to take seven full classes in the spring semester to run track, classes that wouldn't have carried any extra weight at UT.

"At that point, I made the decision to go ahead and graduate and train with my brother, who is going to be in Texas all spring," Jaxon said. "It will be great to spend time with him, fishing and training every day with him. I just want to pick his mind and learn everything I can.

"Most of the time, we don't even talk about football," Jaxon said. "Our relationship isn't based around football. There isn't any comparison between us."

Jaxon said he was excited to put pen to paper Wednesday morning as part of a special signing ceremony for the game. After signing, Jaxon said he planned to sit in on team and positional meetings in Austin, "doing everything I can within NCAA rules."

Shipley said he had already formed relationships with many of his future teammates, including Joe Bergeron and Josh Turner, his teammates on the USA team.

"I'm excited to build on those relationships and play with those guys down the line," Shipley said.

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