Athletic LB Talks Auburn Camp, Favorites

Detorrius Shipley

This linebacker from Birmingham talks about his experiences at a pair of Auburn camps and how recruiting is going for him.

Birmingham, Ala.--This past weekend's Auburn MVP Camp was a chance for younger players to shine and get a head start on next year's recruiting while allowing upcoming seniors an opportunity to catch lightning in a bottle. A player hoping to cause a recruiting storm in the upcoming months was present and helped to get things going with a very good performance.

Huffman linebacker Detorrius Shipley stands out in a crown when you're looking at high school linebackers. At a shade under 6-2 and 217 pounds, Shipley ran a 4.72 40-yard dash on a slow track in Auburn, but it was in the individual drills when he shined. Covering backs and receivers with ease, he said for him it was just another chance to get better.

"It was a good camp," Shipley said. "There were a lot of competitors out there and I love to compete. I kind of feel bad that I didn't win the MVP but it was a good experience. I feel like I got better. It was a good experience for me."

A solid player each of his last two seasons with a combined 170 tackles and 10 sacks as a sophomore and junior, Shipley is still waiting on his first offer at the moment but has received interest from several top programs already.

"Hearing from Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Kentucky, Southern Miss, UAB and Georgia," Shipley said. "I don't have any offers yet but Auburn is evaluating me. Alabama said they would get back to me in a couple of weeks. Everything should be okay."

With camp visits planned to Alabama, Tennessee and possibly LSU in the next month, Shipley is hoping to show how much he's improved first hand to the coaches. He's already had a chance to do that two weeks ago when he attended Auburn's Senior Camp. He said that experience for him put the Tigers on top at the moment.

"Auburn is my favorite school right now," Shipley said. "They are on top of my list. They've got a good coaching staff with good personalities. I like coach (Tommy) Thigpen. I like their defense. I feel like in the next two years they should have one of the best defenses in the SEC. I could see myself in school there."

Also a solid basketball player for the Vikings, Shipley averaged eight points and seven rebounds per game as a junior.

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