MARBLE FALLS , TX _ A Hill Country visit to the 20th Annual Todd Dodge Quarterback/Wide Receiver Camp, turned up its usual number of rising stars. Dodge re-started the camps the first week in June to coincide with his first year at Marble Falls and Dodge's return to Texas high school football.
2005 (Freshman): Speedy, sure-handed second-year wide receiver who is the state of Texas’ all-time leading prep receiver ... was in the midst of a terrific preseason in 2004 before a knee injury sidelined him for his true freshman campaign ... was limited in the spring while he continued to rehabilitate his knee … is expected to compete for a starting receiver spot this fall ... was a Parade All-American as a prepster ... once caught 13 passes for 250 yards in a high school game and scored by rush, reception, punt return and interception return in another ... a versatile athlete who earned high school all-state honors in football, track & field and golf.
A natural pass catcher who showcases body control and balance in and out of his breaks, Shipley gets up to speed quickly and has the initial burst to create separation out of his routes and accelerate away from man coverage. He showcases a good feel for the pass game, gets his head around quickly and adjusts well to the ball. He exhibits some wiggle after the catch and has the ability to set up blocks and create with the ball in his hands. He possesses above-average speed downfield and has the ability to get on top of corners quickly if he has a free release. But he isn't sudden off of the line and struggles to slip press coverage and get into his routes quickly. He isn't a powerful route runner and lacks the strength to fight his way through any kind of a bump. He's at his best from the slot setting up defensive backs as a route runner and using his sneaky athleticism to create separation underneath. He looks like a slot guy who will struggle to beat press coverage on the outside at the next level.