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 COMMITMENT No.4 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 COMMITMENT No.8 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 COMMITMENT No.11 CB Leroy Scott South Houston No. 1 cover corner commits as expected COMMITMENT No.12 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 Texas-USC-OU showdown
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
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