J.B. Shippy Talks Recruiting & Has 2 Leaders

With 2 state championships on his resume and already one of the most feared linebackers in the state J.B. Shippy of Gaffney High School now awaits the beginning of his senior season. A who's who of the nation's top college programs are calling on Shippy and inside Shippy shares his thoughts on his recruitment to this point.

The football program at Gaffney High School is easily one of the very best not only in the state of South Carolina but in the entire nation as the Indians have been a force each season for years. Recent years have been extra special for the Indians as they've won back to back AAAA Big 16 state championships. A big part of their winning ways comes from their stingy defense. A leader of those defenses the past two seasons has been 2008 linebacker J.B. Shippy. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Shippy and the big timer from Gaffney shared with us the current status of his recruitment.

When asked about those back to back state titles Shippy humbly responded, "It feels great knowing that I played on both of those teams. Last year I was a starter and it felt good to help lead that defense. I got that interception and had some other big plays. Now with 2 rings I'm wanting to help my team go back and get a third."

Making plays is what J.B. Shippy has been all about during his career with the Indians. If you've been able to catch their games then you've seen #4 not only make tackle after tackle it seems but more often times than not he brings that wow factor that college coaches are looking for. For those of you unfamiliar with the wow factor Shippy makes bone-jarring hits a regular part of his tackles each time out. At 5'11 200 pounds Shippy put on 20 pounds in between his sophomore and junior seasons but it didn't slow the 2008 prospect down at all.

Shippy's recruitment has been quite interesting to this point. He shared with us the long list of schools who are currently showering him with attention, many of them among the top college programs in the nation. "Right now South Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Clemson, LSU, and Michigan are some of the major schools I'm hearing from."

In terms of schools that are currently going the extra mile in their recruitment of Shippy he says two have made those extra efforts. "South Carolina is recruiting me the hardest but Florida State is right there with them."

Still early in the process Shippy has already been extended some scholarship offers and he indulged us by sharing those programs with us. "I've got offers from South Carolina State, Presbyterian, Rutgers, and North Carolina State so far." With so many schools recruiting him Shippy had to take a moment to share with us his top five. "South Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee, Clemson, & Georgia Tech are my top five right now I'd have to say." When asked for a leader or to name the schools he'd dream about attending he again paused for a moment and replied, "It'd have to be two for me right now, South Carolina and Florida State."

Shippy has no visits currently lined up but he informed us that he has recently visited South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.

J.B. also shared with us what factors will play a big role in his decision making process. "It will depend on how the coaches are, the overall atmosphere, the campus, how energetic not only their team is but their fans too, and also a program that is known for putting players in the NFL."

Asked to break down the strengths of his own game on the gridiron Shippy said, "My strengths are knowing what play they are running from their formation by watching film. I'd have to say my speed is a strength too. I have good lateral movement also. I like to make the big hit whether it's a one yard gain or a ten yard gain. I love to get my teammates and fans pumped up and I'm crunk when I'm out there on the field."

Just this past Wednesday one of his leaders, the South Carolina Gamecocks, talked to Shippy. He talked about his conversation with the Gamecocks. "I talked with their DB coach on Wednesday and he said they may look at putting me at safety. I'm fine with that because I know I can play safety. I could play linebacker because I could probably add 20 pounds or so but for now I'm going to maintain my current weight."

Don't expect the Gaffney star LB to make an early decision as he says he'll take his time with the recruiting process. "It'll definitely be at the end of the season before I make a decision." Asked if one of his leaders extended a scholarship offer soon if there was a chance he may pull the trigger early he said, "No I'm patient. I'll wait until the end of the season."

SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on J.B. Shippy as the Indians work towards another trip to Williams-Brice Stadium for a chance at a three-peat.

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