Operating again Will Shipley, the No. 22 prospect within the 2021 ESPN 300 and the second-ranked participant at his place, introduced his dedication to Clemson on Tuesday.
He selected the Tigers over Notre Dame, Stanford, North Carolina and N.C. State.
Shipley, out of Weddington Excessive Faculty in Matthews, North Carolina, provides Clemson its ninth ESPN 300 commit of the category.
“It was simply their tradition, the those who make up their program, how profitable they’re on and off the sector,” Shipley stated of his choice. “I feel these are actually the issues that performed an enormous function. The relationships I’ve created with Coach [Dabo] Swinney, Coach [Tony] Elliott and Coach [Danny] Pearman; all these issues are big.”
Shipley ran for two,066 yards, had 580 yards receiving and 42 complete touchdowns for Weddington final season. And regardless of being one of many prime prospects within the nation, he nonetheless was not promised something by the Clemson employees.
“They are saying if you happen to are available and work your butt off, you are going to have an opportunity. With me being ultra-competitive, my aim is to play freshman yr,” Shipley stated. “Whether or not that occurs or not, I could not let you know. Coach Elliott hasn’t promised something, however I’ll do every part it takes to get taking part in time freshman yr after which hopefully take over that beginning function [during my] sophomore, junior yr.”
Clemson landed ESPN 300 operating again Demarkcus Bowman and four-star Kobe Pryor within the 2020 class, so Shipley may have competitors for enjoying time when he will get to campus. However his expertise degree and skill will make it powerful to maintain him off the sector.
Shipley has watched the way in which present Clemson operating again Travis Etienne is used and the way he performs. He believes he could make an identical sort of influence.
“I can see myself doing loads of what Travis does,” Shipley stated. “Coach Elliott has stated I will likely be extra concerned within the passing recreation, which is what I would like. I need to be cut up out one-on-one towards a linebacker within the open discipline, and Coach Elliott has stated that is going to occur.”
Clemson now has 10 complete commitments and 9 ranked within the ESPN 300. Of these, eight are ranked within the prime 150; six are within the prime 100.
Shipley joins five-star linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. and vast receiver Beaux Collins because the three commitments ranked inside the highest 50. Clemson continues to herald elite degree prospects and, so far as Shipley is worried, that will not cease within the close to future.
“Coach Swinney, once I went up there for my junior day in January, one factor that stood out to me was that Clemson goes to be essentially the most profitable soccer staff on this subsequent decade,” Shipley stated. “How he modified this system on this previous decade, I am undecided it has been completed anyplace else as profitable as he is completed it. The tradition he is put in, the kind of youngsters that he recruits … it is simply totally different at Clemson and that is what I really like about it.”