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Will Shipley is an elite RB in the 2021 class from North Carolina.

Will Shipley: The junior RB is best defined by a letter rather than a 5-star ranking

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Will Shipley, the 5-star RB in North Carolina, is a priority for all the elite Power 5 schools in the 2021 class.

That will certainly include the University of Georgia.

Running backs coach Dell McGee was the first coach through the door this month to see him on the first day coaches were back out on the road. McGee was there by 8 a.m. at his high school.

He beat the other six or seven coaches who would show up that day to see Shipley. That’s typical McGee. It brings to mind his pursuit for 5-star North Carolina RB Zamir White back in 2018.

Kirby Smart also stopped by Weddington High (Matthews, N.C.) on Wednesday. Those elements validate where the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose RB (247Sports Composite) sits on the board for the 2021 class.

But those are feeble pings. The sort which drive recruiting narratives. Yet they will not crack a list of the top 10 things to know about the guy who goes by ‘Ship around his state championship program.

If one aims to remember one thing about Shipley, it should be a letter.

Not his 4.375 grade-point average. Not his 4.46 laser time in the 40 at an Opening regional 10 months ago.

Not his 11.0 yards per carry. Or his 2,066 rushing yards last season. Nor his 42 total touchdowns in 2019.

It won’t be that he works harder than anyone on a two-time state title team.

The thing to know here has to be one selfless letter.

“He wrote a note to one of our custodians that cleans up in the gym area and the weight room area,” Weddington High coach Andy Capone said. “He gave it to our athletic director. He asked him if he could give it to the custodian.”

Shipley did not even sign his name to it.

“He said don’t tell her it is from me,” Capone continued. “He said ‘I just wanted to thank her and let her know how much we appreciate her and what she does for us.’ Now, that was during our season. When we and he have got a million things going on. Practice everyday. Grades. All that. All the recruiting and he took time out of his life to write a little note to someone he wanted to show kindness to and didn’t even sign his name to it.”

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