Kicker Matthew Shipley makes 2020 commit to Hawaii football

Matthew Shipley is set to join the Warriors in 2020. / Photo courtesy of Chris Sailer

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.


  1. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2019 11:01 am


  2. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2019 11:08 am

    both Harry Hill and Matthew Shipley attended

    Chris Sailers Kicking Academy.

  3. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2019 11:28 am

    wow – QB Justin Uahinui was a perfect 32 for 32 in the shooting contest.

  4. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2019 11:33 am

    under Recommended videos, see clip of

    Saint Louis Sophomore QB A.J. Bianco.

    Rolo offered him when he was a freshman, at Lahaina.

  5. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2019 1:09 pm

    #4 should be …

    Rolo offered him when he was in the 8th grade, at Lahaina.

  6. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2019 1:45 pm

    What’s interesting is players who are offered really early, eighth or ninth grade, actually have a high percentage of turning into pretty good players.
    Three years ago, I wrote about Tuitele, a freshman defensive lineman from Saint Louis, being offered a UH scholarship. He was so giddy. I mean, somebody wanted him even though he wasn’t even a big deal yet. And then I went down to the school, and he’s posing for pictures for the Warrior Beat, and he’s so friendly and happy.
    And then he becomes a stud and three years later, all the big schools are all over him.
    It does take a skill to identify players early.

  7. Haleakala June 30, 2019 2:32 pm

    Welcome, welcome welcome Matthew to UH football. A number of good kickers played for Hawaii and entered the pros. The most notable is Jason Elam who was drafted in the third round and played fifteen years for the Denver Broncos. You have a lot to look forward to in experiencing college life and UH football!

  8. UH4eva June 30, 2019 4:20 pm

    Alright Matthew make us proud. Thanks for becoming a Warrior.

  9. UH4eva June 30, 2019 4:22 pm

    Elam was the best I have ever seen.

  10. ALLAN June 30, 2019 4:50 pm


  11. clyde June 30, 2019 5:04 pm

    #10: Gerela played at New Mexico State, not UH.

  12. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2019 7:30 pm

    Elam adhered to the Bruce Lee approach of doing one thing 10,000 times. He really worked on his craft.

  13. ALLAN June 30, 2019 10:30 pm


  14. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2019 11:19 pm

    Friday – Waikiki Beach

    Saturday – Schofield Barracks

    Sunday – Free time ? / Personal Time ?

    Monday – Start Summer Session II. I hope that everyone

    who is to show up, SHOWS up.

    GO WARRIORS !!! BEAT UP them Arizona MILD cats !!!

  15. Stephen Tsai July 2, 2019 9:15 am

    New post:

Comments are closed.