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LSU quietly adds nice 2015 addition, has one of nation’s top early junior classes

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According to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, LSU’s newest class of 2015 commitment was playing six-man football just a few years ago–in front of a few dozen fans.

Hanner Shipley has come a long way since then. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end prospect is a bit underrated as a low-end three-star prospect, probably thanks to where he began his prep career–but the Tigers’ staff likes what they see. Shipley is out of Marble Falls (Texas), and he just finished his playing career at the local public high school, Marble Falls H.S. But he began his playing career at a small private school, Marble Falls Faith.

“I’m so pumped to be a Tiger,” Shipley told Saturday Down South. “I chose LSU because I fit into what they are doing offensively better than anywhere else I could have chose. They needed a big tight end who can block and catch and those are my two specialties. I love (assistant) coach (Steve) Ensminger and can’t wait to learn from him and help LSU win a national title.”

For the record, yes, Shipley is related to Texas’ famous Shipley brothers–Jordan and Jaxon Shipley. They are cousins.

LSU has five commitments on board for 2015, including the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in Jacksonville (Fla.) native Kevin Toliver. The class is currently ranked No. 9 in the country.

Editor’s note: All references to ratings are to’s composite rankings.

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