The Hawaii football team added the fifth oral commitment to the 2020 recruiting class with a pledge from Matthew Shipley of Liberty Hill (Texas) High.
Here’s the skinny:
> Shipley is 6-1, 175 and in a practice once launched a kick 73 yards. Chris Sailer, who runs elite camps for kickers and punters, said Shipley has 55-plus-yard range and competes well under pressure.
> Shipley earned high marks from Sailer, as well as a high rating (fifth nationally in 2020 class) from Kohl’s Kicking. Shipley gained notice during his performance at the Texas Spring Showcase.
> His older brother, Michael Shipley, is the placekicker at West Texas A&M. Both brothers train under Scott Blanton, who played for the Washington Redskins for four seasons through 1998. Shipley follows the career of Dan Bailey of the Minnesota Vikings.
> Shipley said his scholarship is for placekicking, but he also would welcome an opportunity to be used additionally as a punter.
> Ryan Meskell, UH’s No. 1 kicker, will be a senior this coming season.
> Earlier, the Warriors received pledges from slotback/running back Kilohana Haasenritter of Hilo High, offensive lineman Jake Tuatagaloa of Mililani High, wideout Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala of Campbell High, and linebacker Ezra Evaimalo of Kamehameha Schools.