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Jaxon Shipley: ‘The Texas program, I love it…’

There are some last names in Longhorn lore that bring about images of talented fathers, sons and brothers who have donned the burnt orange. Koy, Sendlein, Studdard, Cash and soon to join that list is McCoy once record setting quarterback Colt McCoy leaves and 2010 commit Case McCoy steps foot on campus. Once the Texas signing class of 2011 suits up, the name Shipley could very well be another name in the long line of Longhorn lineage.
Brownwood’s Jaxon Shipley, the younger brother of Texas All-American receiver Jordan Shipley, is one of the state’s top prospects in the 2011 class and looks well on his way to making a name for himself after putting on a clinic at the 7-on-7 State Tournament in College Station over the weekend.Though Brownwood was eliminated in the Division II championship bracket quarterfinals by eventual champion Celina, Shipley took many positives from the event.“It was a really good experience and we learned a lot by coming here,” said Shipley. “We run our actual football stuff out here so it was a good experience being out here.”Jaxon, like Jordan, is electric with the ball in his hands and showed the ability to turn a dead play on a short pass into a touchdown in the blink of an eye with his quickness and speed. Though Jaxon doesn’t have the pure speed Jordan possesses, the younger Shipley can stretch a defense and does a great job of going up to get the ball and adjusting his body in traffic.Shipley said that watching his brother develop into one of the top receiving threats for a national title contender has been a blessing.“It’s been great having somebody to look up to and whenever I need something I can ask him,” said Shipley. “He gives me tips and stuff and just visiting him is getting me ready to go up there if I wanted to go. I know all of the guys already.”Shipley visited the Texas campus in June to participate in the Horns’ minicamp for rising underclass prospects, but it’s safe to say that he didn’t need the visit in order to get familiar with the 40 Acres.In addition to having been able to watch his older brother to get a firsthand look at how the Texas program operates, Shipley’s best friend, Case McCoy, will be heading to Austin next fall.The familiarity with the program and his talent level make Shipley and the Horns a perfect match for one another.“The Texas program, I love it, it’s a great atmosphere there,” said Shipley. “I love the coaches. They are the nicest people you will ever meet. I feel like if I went there I would fit in really good.”Another place where Shipley has shown to be a good fit is at Brownwood.Getting out and running its offense against live bodies is bound to help the Lions in their first year with Shipley’s offense. Last season as a sophomore at Class 5A Coppell, Shipley caught 61 passes for 855 yards and seven touchdowns in the scheme and he said that his Brownwood teammates have picked up the scheme quickly.“I’ve been running the same offense since seventh grade,” Shipley said. “I knew the offense and I got here and it was a good transition because all of these guys have a passion for the game. They have a passion in Coppell, but Brownwood has a tradition unlike any other school. I fit in good here and I think everybody loves it.”The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Shipley, a member of the Inside Texas 2011 Watch List, has kept busy with 7-on-7 this summer among a summer full of workouts geared toward prepping for the 2009 season.“We have workouts every day at school and I’m doing that,” Shipley said. “After that I do some speed training with sleds and things like that.”With 7-on-7 now out of the way, the Lions are focused on making a deep playoff run in 2009. After Brownwood’s finale against Celina, Bob Shipley encouraged the Brownwood players to look forward to putting the pads on and the start of a new season.Jaxon Shipley shares his father’s sentiment.“I’m excited,” said Shipley. “I think everybody is ready to get out there and put on the pads and start hitting.”With Jordan Shipley and Stephen McGee leading the way, Bob Shipley guided Burnet to two memorable runs to the Class 3A state championship game earlier this decade. With big brother having already had his crack at winning a state title, Jaxon feels like the same magic has a chance of happening in Brownwood.“I’m hoping so,” said Shipley. “If things go good I think we have a shot.”