In the summer of 2009, Brownwood, Texas receiver Jaxon Shipley made waves with a standout performance at a Texas mini-camp which included several of the state's top 2011 prospects.
A year later, Shipley, who is currently ranked No. 183 in the Rivals250, again turned in a standout performance in Austin, drawing rave reviews from his peers and on-lookers. The 6-0, 170-pound receiver was the talk of the camp and afterward it easy to tell he was in a great mood.
"I had a blast. It was really fun," Shipley said. "We had a lot of commits out there. We were just hanging out out there. It was a lot of fun."
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On hand to throw him the ball was Texas quarterback commit David Ash of Belton and the two were able to catch a glimpse of a future together.
"It was awesome. It was sweet because me and him threw a lot during one-on-one drills," Shipley said of working with Ash. "I got to go with him pretty much every time I went so we just got a chemistry down and it got really good at the end."
On the other side of the ball Shipley often found himself against Rivals100 athlete Quandre Diggs, who was working at cornerback on the day.
"Me and Q were going at it all day," Shipley said. "That dude is a beast. It made it a lot of fun because he's one of the top DBs in the nation and just knowing I'm competing with him, also just him being one of my future teammates. He was a fun guy to compete with."
Then of course he had the chance to work with Texas receiver coach Bobby Kennedy and continue to build on a relationship which has been years in the making.
"Coach Kennedy is great," he said. "He is definitely one of the best receiver coaches in the nation. He was teaching me a lot of stuff about routes and we were just joking around and having a lot of fun."
Overall Shipley had nothing but good to say about his trip to Austin, but this time was a little different than his other visits to the capital city.
"It was a lot of fun. This time it was a lot different because we had a lot of the commitments and we were all there and we all got each other's numbers," Shipley said. "It was pretty much all the commits hanging out with each other. I had never met some of those guys like (Christian) Westerman from Arizona he came down and I got to meet him and a couple of those other guys. It was good, definitely."
After the camp, Shipley and the other commits made sure to hang out and get to know each other, and it's easy to tell the bonds are forming.
"All of the commits are really cool guys," Shipley said. "There's not one guy I don't like. These are all guys I would love to be around all the time."