Carter Shipley is living in a bit of a dream world.
He’s entering his senior year of high school and he has so many options for a life path in front of him that he has no idea which direction he will choose.
There is always the proverbial fork in the road, but for Shipley, it may well be best represented with an all-encompassing spoon.
Heck, a ladle, for that matter, so he can just spill his plethora of talents upon whatever university is fortunate enough have him.
Ultimately, the standout student, wrestler, football player and basically just your average American teenager — yeah right — will likely end up developing some world-changing alternative fuel as a chemical engineer. (Since we guess that’s what chemical engineers do.)
But that’s far too distant to even consider at this point. Shipley has to decide what he wants to do with the next step of his future, and the options, though highly impressive, will be equally difficult to dissect.
In the past month, he’s seen even more future options added to his list. Air Force, Navy and Middle Tennessee State have all offered the 6-foot-3, 250-pound football lineman scholarships.
But it’s not just football. The 1A state-champion wrestler at 220 pounds this past season, is getting serious consideration for wrestling scholarships and he could easily enroll free-ride just based on his mat skills.
And just last Sunday (June 3) he became a double All-American wrestler at 125 kilos, finishing third in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle at the 2012 FILA Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio.
But, as they say, that’s not all.
Shipley’s brawn is matched in impressive equivalence by his intelligence. He recently scored an 1830 overall score on the SAT. High score maximum for the SAT is 2400, and of course, Shipley is not satisfied with his first attempt, vowing to do better next time.
Next time? Always the perfectionist.
“I wouldn’t say it’s surreal,” Shipley said when asked if it’s difficult to fully comprehend all of the positive scenarios in his life. “This is something I’ve been working toward for a while. It’s just more of a relief when things do happen.
“I’ve just had to stay focused. That’s the main key. You can’t get sidetracked with other stuff.”
As for football, he has three NCAA Division I-A offers and likely more on the way. He may be considered a bit of a newcomer as a prospect, but that’s certainly not how LHP coach Tim Borcky sees it. He’s been pumping Shipley’s prospectus for two years.
He plays offensive guard and defensive tackle.
It’s not fully clear what position is his strength, but what is clear is that he’s nimble for a big fella. He runs a five-second 40-yard dash and his feet give him an edge.
He enoys blocking in movement, whether it’s horizontal or vertical, and with an incentive on a more lateral passing game this season — with big tight-end-type targets Landon Stokes and Casey Irish — as well as a few more added option sweeps for speed backs B.J. Simpson and Mikey Dorcely, he’ll be pulling from his guard spot quite often.
“I love pulling. It obviously gives you a headstart on the defense,” Shipley said. “I’m definitely pulling more this year and we’ve added three or four new plays where I’m pulling right or left, either way. I really do like that part.”
Shipley hasn’t really had high expectations as a college football prospect, and said he is happy with his offers, so far. But he’s also ready to see what else is out there. Michigan State has shown interest recently, as has Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, along with coaches from Clemson and West Virginia.