Ran back Will Shipley, prospect No. 22 in Indonesia 2021 ESPN 300 and the second-ranked player in his position, announced his commitment to Clemson on Tuesday.
He chose the Tiger above Notre Dame, Stanford, North Carolina and NC State.
Shipley, out of Weddington High School in Matthews, North Carolina, gave Clemson the ninth ESPN 300 commitment from class.
“It’s just their culture, the people who make up their programs, how successful they are on and off the field,” Shipley said of his decision. “I think those are things that really play a big role. The relationship that I created with Coach [Dabo] Swinney, Coach [Tony] Elliott and Coach [Danny] Pearman; all those things are very big. “
Shipley ran for 2,066 yards, received 580 yards received and 42 total goals for Weddington last season. And despite being one of the top prospects in the country, he was still not promised anything by Clemson’s staff.
“They say if you come and work hard, you will have a chance. With me being very competitive, my goal is to play as a first year new player,” Shipley said. “Whether that happens or not, I can’t tell you. Coach Elliott hasn’t promised anything, but I will do everything necessary to play during the first year and hopefully take over that initial role. [during my] second year, junior year. “
Clemson landed ESPN 300 running back Demarkcus Bowman and four star Kobe Pryor in class 2020, so Shipley will have a competition for playing time when he arrives on campus. But the level and ability of his talent will make it difficult to get him out of the field.
Shipley had witnessed the way Clemson was currently running back Travis Etienne used and how he plays. He believes he can make a similar impact.
“I can see myself doing a lot of the things Travis has done,” Shipley said. “Coach Elliott said I would be more involved in passing games, that’s what I wanted. I want to be divided one on one against the linebackers on the open field, and Coach Elliott said that would happen.”
Clemson now has 10 total commitments and nine ratings on ESPN 300. Of those, eight are ranked in the top 150; six are in the top 100.
Shipley joins the five-star midfielder Jeremiah Trotter Jr. and wide receiver Beaux Collins because those three commitments are ranked in the top 50. Clemson continues to bring forth the prospect of an elite level and, as far as Shipley is concerned, it will not stop anytime soon.
“Coach Swinney, when I went there for my junior day in January, one thing that stood out to me was that Clemson would be the most successful soccer team in the next decade,” Shipley said. “How he has changed the program in the last decade, I am not sure it has been done anywhere else as successfully as he did it. The culture he entered, the type of child he recruited … only differs at Clemson and that is what I like about it.”