That would be Hanner Shipley, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound sophomore who just might deserve the “athlete” label after playing nearly every position the past few years. After playing his sophomore season at Marble Falls (Texas) High, Shipley is back at Faith Academy of Marble Falls, a private TAPPS school.
He’s hoping that won’t hinder his chances of getting noticed by big-time schools, and it hasn’t so far. Texas has yet to show serious interest, though his uncle being hired into a key recruiting role can’t hurt his chances.
“That was awesome,” Hanner Shipley said. “I’m really proud of him. He’s been a great coach for the Brownwood Lions and before that at Coppell. Seeing him coach Jaxon was an awesome experience for me and so was growing up with them. I’m excited to see what he does in college football.”
The appointment of Bob Shipley to that newly created position confirmed what most have known all along.
“I think that’s just in our blood right now. Everybody is going to Texas,” Hanner Shipley said.
That being said, Hanner Shipley lives in a house divided. His father, Stephen Shipley, was a standout receiver at TCU from 1989-92, so Hanner has been watching both the Longhorns and the Frogs ever since he was young.
Still, he attended five Texas home games last season and has always enjoyed following the careers of his two famous cousins. He’s ready to follow in their footsteps, though not exactly in a literal sense.
“I always thought I was going be a receiver like my cousins and my dad,” Shipley said. “But I’ve gotten a lot bigger, put on a lot of weight and muscle. I have a way different body type than Jaxon and Jordan, so I know I’m not going to be anything like them.”
Shipley has played quarterback, running back, receiver, tight end, left tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker and even cornerback during his brief high school career. That’s because Faith Academy played six-man football during his freshman campaign.
He knows his future is likely at defensive end or offensive tackle at the college level, though he still enjoys catching passes as a tight end. At the moment, though, there hasn’t been much movement in his recruitment.
“I was hoping for Texas to start talking to me,” Shipley said. “They had a sophomore day, which I didn’t get invited to, but that’s OK. Oklahoma is probably No. 1 on my list right now.”
Wait, what? That’s right, a member of the Shipley clan wouldn’t be opposed to playing for the Red River rival.
Shipley has also listened to his father’s encouragement and checked out TCU, and he’s glad he did.
“Of course, he would love it if I go to TCU,” Shipley said. “I went to visit there a couple weeks ago, and they just redid a bunch of their facilities and they’re really nice. Their coaches are awesome. TCU is definitely high on my list of colleges I’m looking at.”
Shipley plans to camp at OU, TCU, Baylor and possibly Texas this summer. He left Marble Falls High after one semester this fall because it just wasn’t the right fit for him. He’s happy to be back at Faith Academy, even if that means he’ll get considerably less exposure.
“I’m pretty confident that if you can play, you can play,” he said. “Colt McCoy was at a 2A school and nobody thought he could make it, and he was great at Texas. I feel like if I can go to some camps, I can show my talents and what I’m made of.”
And now that he has one more big-time connection at Texas, Shipley is hoping the Longhorns will start showing more interest. He won’t be their next great receiver, but he’s willing to play pretty much anything else.
“I hope that can work out to my advantage and they can watch me play a little bit this next year,” Shipley said. “I think I’m going to have a pretty good year. Hopefully they’ll watch my film.”
Considering his uncle Bob is now on staff, he’s certainly got a shot.