To the surprise of no one, but still a neat symbol... Brownwood receiver Jaxon Shipley became Texas' first commitment for the Class of 2011. Shipley played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Coppell, before moving with his dad, Bob Shipley, to become coach at Brownwood. Shipley was injured in a scrimmage last season but still had a standout season after returning six weeks into the season.
Shipley committed to Texas coach Mack Brown on Friday afternoon to start what's expected to be a batch of Junior Day commitments that should reach more than a dozen.
The younger brother of Longhorn receiver Jordan Shipley, the Jaxon has known all along that he'd like to follow in his brother's footsteps and play for the Longhorns. So confident in his decision, in fact, Shipley has resisted communication with other programs and never even sent out a junior highlight film. His dream was to play at Texas, and as soon as the opportunity presented itself, Shipley wasted no time in accepting.
"It (the meeting with the coaches) went great," Shipley said shortly after meeting with Brown. "We came in, talked about everything and I made my commitment. I'm really excited about that.
"Coach Brown asked me if I'm ready, if I want to come here. I said 'yes sir,' and everyone was really excited about it."
Coach Brown tries to hold off offering juniors before seniors have been signed.
Texas will have its first Junior Day this weekend. Horns waited a week because of the Super Bowl last Sunday.
Texas may expand its search outside the state a little more than usual for a few players but, for in state prospects...
Class of 2011
COMMITMENT No. 1
WR Jaxon Shipley Brownwood…. Next
COMMITMENT No. 2
LB Chet Moss Cedar Park.. Almost as much as legacy as Shipley. CenTex player shined UT camps
COMMITMENT No. 3
OL Taylor Doyle Lake Travis Big-time blocker in last two state titles
RB/H-back Joe Bergeron North Mesquite.. Give Horns credit for taking unique skills guy
COMMITMENT No. 5
QB David Ash Belton.. The one QB.. Injuries have slowed eval but Texas like potential
COMMITMENT No. 6
WR Miles Onyegbule … Next No. 4
COMMITMENT No. 7
OL Josh Cochran Hallsville… Horns stocking up in O-Line
DB Sheroid Evans Houston Dulles..Gideon's replacement
COMMITMENT No. 9
WR Mykkele Thompson SA Stevens.. Texas going for speed/athleticism
COMMITMENT No. 10
DL Desmond Jackson Westfield.. Huge in holding off national offers
CB Leroy Scott South Houston… No. 1 cover corner commits as expected
TE M.J. McFarland EP El Dorado.. Texas looking for another David Thomas.. find from far outposts of state
COMMITMENT No. 13
OL Marcus HutchinsThird Eagle in last two years to go to UT
Here's a look at what the rest of the Longhorns' Class of 2011 is likely to look like. There's another Junior Day next Saturday.
An OU-Texas showdown
LB Steve Edmond Daingerfield.. Wants to talk with Sooners before committing
An OU-Texas showdown II
DL Cedric Reed Cleveland….Has UT offer and may commit before OU visit but may go ahead and pick the Horns
LB Anthony Wallace Skyline ... Wouldn't be a real recruiting season without this 3-way
Waiting to hear
DE Nathan Hughes Klein Oak… Waiting to see if Horns open up another DE offer
TEXAS WILL OFFER AND ACCEPT
(in the next two weeks)
DB Quandre Diggs Angleton….Following family to Texas
WR Trey Metoyer Whitehouse…. Horns hope he's locked
WR/DB Ladarius Brown Waxahachie… Probably be DB
LB Trevon Randle Clear Springs.. Small but too good to pass
OL Garrett Greenlea Klein Collins.. Big need for 6-7 monster
OTHERS OFFERED NOT COMMITTED
RB Aaron Green SA Madison……… UT will hold offer open
RB Malcolm Brown Cibolo Steele… UT will hold offer open
OL Sedrick Flowers North Shore… UT will hold offer open
DL [DB]Marquise Anderson[/db] Cibolo Steele..Steele's built program quickly with some talent
ON THE BUBBLE IF THEY'LL GET OFFER.. but wouldn't be a surprise
RB Herschel Sims Abilene.. Could replace Brown or Green if either too slow to pull commit trigger