For Brownwood receiver Jaxon Shipley, there wasn't another option. When the Texas Longhorns came to the table with an offer, the junior pounced on it. But, it wasn't just the family history. Yes, his brother Jordan just came off a senior year where he established himself as one of the greatest receivers in Longhorns history. But, for Jaxon it was something else.
"I would say the coaching staff is the main reason I committed to Texas," said Shipley to LonghornDigest.com. "I have seen and been around them so long and they are definitely some of the best in the nation. It's such a family atmosphere down there and I wanted that. I just felt like home."
With the pressures of recruiting and his commitment out of the way, the younger Shipley is now focused on his senior season. A season that should see Brownwood contend for a title in 2009. The Lions finished the 2009 season 10-3 overall, going 4-1 in district play. Many experts feel they should contend for a title with nine returning starters on both sides of the football.
"I think we should be really good. We have a lot of guys coming back....We have really established a good chemistry and we are a close team. I think we have a pretty good shot," said Shipley. "This summer I'm just trying to get bigger and of course working on my speed. Plus, we are doing 7-on-7s and stuff like that."
His handwork this summer has paid off. Shipley has increased his weight to just over 180 pounds. At 6'1, the soon to be senior is running in the high 4.4s. A few weeks ago, Shipley attended the Longhorns camp in Austin. While he didn't workout, it gave him a chance to get to know his extended family a little better.
"It was a lot of fun. When we got there and signed in and stuff, they took all the recruits to the players lounge to hang out a bit. It was cool to talk with some of the others guys about Texas. It gave us a good opportunity to meet everyone and exchange numbers and stuff."
Shipley caught just over 50 balls last season for nearly 900 yards and nine touchdowns.
The next Jaxon Shipley update should come at the 7-on-7 state championship at College Station in early July.