Weddington High football: chasing a repeat state title
Matthews, North Carolina 2021 running back Will Shipley (5-foot-11, 198 pounds) is one of the more exciting players in the Tarheel State this season. Shipley can also play receiver and in the secondary. As a result, he’s drawn a large variety of offers including Clemson, USC, Stanford, Notre Dame, Florida, Georgia, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Oregon, West Virginia and Penn State. This Saturday he will make his first visit to Clemson for a game and he’s anxious to see what a football Saturday in Death Valley is all about.
“The part I’m really looking forward to is just feeling the atmosphere,” Shipley said. “I’ve heard great things. It has a great reputation. Excited to see the players come down that hill and fight for four quarters and see the atmosphere around it.”
Clemson running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is recruiting Shipley. He’s handed out two running back offers for the class. One went to Shipley and the other to Phil Mafah of Loganville, Georgia who committed in late August.
“Coach Elliott did mention from the beginning that he was only going to take one guy,” Shipley said. “I did get the chance to talk with coach Elliott the other day and he said he’s going to continue to recruit me. I don’t know if it’s still at running back or a it’s a little bit more at receiver now. I’m looking to get some of the details this Saturday.”
USC has been in strong pursuit of Shipley as a running back and he’s had more exposure to the Gamecocks than most of the other schools. He’s made four visits to the campus for recruiting purposes, so the two sides have mutual affection.
“I actually love what’s going on over there,” he said. “Obviously they took a tough loss to UNC the other day. Everybody is going to have a day here and there when they’re not clicking on all cylinders and things don’t go their way. I don’t think any less of them because of that loss and I’m excited to go up there for a game as well this year.”
Shipley said no visit date has been determined but he is thinking about the Alabama game for his next trip to Columbia. And he plans many more visits to other schools this season having not closed the door on anyone that’s recruiting him. He has set a visit with Notre Dame for the Southern Cal game Oct, 12. He’s looking to make his decision before next season.
So far this season, Shipley said he has around 400 total yards and five touchdowns. Last season he rushed for over 1,400 yards and with 19 touchdowns, and he caught 28 passes for 393 yards and six touchdowns.
▪ Damascus, Maryland 2021 Center Ryan Linthicum a Clemson target, will visit Virginia Tech this weekend. He has Clemson, Virginia Tech and Michigan as his top three. He plans to visit Clemson for the Charlotte game.
▪ The King’s Academy 2021 third baseman Billy Amick committed to Clemson.
▪ Dorman 6-foot-9 forward PJ Hall will take another official visit to Clemson this weekend. He also took one in June as a junior, and he was back for an unofficial visit last Saturday for the Georgia Tech game. Hall also took a junior official visit to Florida and he will take another one with the Gators on Sept. 20. His last three official visits will be to Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.
▪ Clemson target Myles Stute of Washington, DC is scheduled for an official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend.