PROVO — BYU commits always come in fast during the month of June, but they’ve never come as quickly as they have this offseason. BYU received a commitment from Tanner Shipley, from Wilsonville, Ore. earlier today which is the twelfth commit in June alone and its 17th commit for the class of 2013. Later in the day, the Cougars received their 18th commit from Skyline’s Garrett England, a 6-foot-3, 185 wide receiver/defensive back prospect.
Shipley is a 6-foot-2, 180 WR/DB prospect who has recently become very close with fellow Oregon commits Brayden Kearsley and Dallin Leavitt during the recruiting process.
“I got to know both of them well during the Barton camps here in Oregon and during other camps and they’re great guys,” said Shipley. “I’d hear them talk about BYU and it got me real excited about the possibility of playing there.”
BYU became aware of Shipley quite early in the process — making contact with him seven months ago. Other schools joined BYU with their own interest with both Oregon State and Wyoming offering scholarships.
Shipley is LDS, but grew up a fan of the Oregon Ducks — never thinking he’d end up playing football in Provo. That all changed during his attendance of BYU’s football camp this past week.
“It’s the people and being surrounded by such great people and coaches more than anything,” said Shipley about his decision. “I already know Dallin (Leavitt) and Brayden (Kearsley), but they’re not the only ones. Everyone has goals and it’s just the type of place I need to be at — it’s perfect for me.”
Shipley is also quite fond of the Cougar coaching staff — particularly Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall.
“I sat down with Coach Mendenhall and he went over my goals and priorities and helped me realize for myself that BYU was the best place for me,” said Shipley. “BYU coaches are the most personable coaches I’ve been around and they really care about you as a person. That was a big reason for me committing to BYU.”
Shipley plays both wide receiver and defensive back and was recruited as an athlete by BYU. Coaches have discussed the possibility of playing at either safety or wide receiver, but most of the discussion has focused on his ability to play at receiver. Shipley doesn’t have definite plans to serve an LDS mission.
“I’m so happy about my decision and there’s no doubt in my mind that I made the right one,” said Shipley. “It’s a great honor to be offered and to be part of the BYU program.”