Tanner Shipley has perfected the whole "it's not you, it's me" bit at an early age. Just ask BYU. The Cougars were on the end of the gentle breakup recently. Even now, Shipley, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver from Wilsonville, Ore., says it wasn't about anything BYU did wrong.
He admits what he considers to be past mistakes and vows not to make the same ones again.
"I rushed it," Shipley said on Sunday. "I want to make sure I'm 110-percent committed to whatever school I choose. This time, I'm going to take my time."
His revised approach will heavily involve an in-state school. It's Oregon State that has Shipley curious. He says he plans to visit OSU in August, make his way back to BYU and check out Wyoming as well. This time, he intends to be thorough. That means taking more trips, including one to a school that has yet to offer him a scholarship.
"I want to see Boise State, too," Shipley said. "They are definitely interested."
As for favorites, he says he has "gone back and forth" between the Beavers and BYU in recent days. Wyoming is certainly alive in his recruitment as well, but the race to secure his services still has just two main contestants.
Unless Boise State offers, that is.
"It wouldn't make them the favorites," Shipley said of the Broncos. "But it would put them right in the mix with BYU and Oregon State."
Specific dates for campus visits have not been planned at this time. That process will unfold over the next couple of weeks. Trips will happen somewhat swiftly, but Shipley wants to avoid another rushed commitment.
Instead, he'll weigh his options and take in the details of each school before making what he hopes will be a more informed, final decision during his senior season at Wilsonville High School.
Shipley reinerated the fact that his de-committed from BYU does not mean that the Cougars have been eliminated from the running. He's open to a second commitment to head coach Bronco Mendenhall's program, but such a pledge isn't likely to come until after he wraps up his visit itinerary.