WILSONVILLE, Ore. — It’s hard to recruit against a prospect’s childhood favorite. That is what BYU was up against when Boise State offered receiver prospect Tanner Shipley a scholarship a little less than two weeks ago.
Shipley is a 6-foot-2, 180 athlete who has now decommitted from BYU twice. He first committed to BYU in summer, but decommitted after not feeling at peace with his decision. He decided to re-commit to the Cougars in late November as reported here.
Shipley made an official visit to Boise State over the weekend and committed shortly after returning home.
“Boise State has always been the school I’ve dreamed of playing since I was young so when I got an offer from them I knew I’d probably end up committing,” he said. “It’s tough because of all the respect I have for BYU and the coaches there. It’s a class organization that was tough to tell coaches I changed my mind. I wish BYU nothing but success in the future — except when they play Boise State.”
BYU is currently without a wide receiver coach and that played some part in Shipley’s decision.
“I like the stability at Boise State,” Shipley said. “I know who my coach is and that’s a nice thing. I don’t think BYU not having a receiver coach was a big factor, but it was something I considered when deciding on Boise State.”
“I wouldn’t choose any school in the country over Boise State and it’s probably the only school I’d choose over BYU,” Shipley added. “I know a lot of BYU fans are mad at me right now, but I have to do what is best for me. Boise State offers me everything I want and it really is a dream come true to be a part of their program.”