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Norristown RB/DB Brandon Shippen gives oral declaration to Temple

Written by: on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011. Follow Josh Funk on Twitter.


The Temple Owls have received another oral declaration from a suburban Philadelphia prep football player.

Brandon Shippen, a 5’10, 170-pound running back/defensive back combination for Norristown High School, gave an oral declaration to Temple Monday, according to national recruiting service  The Owls were the only program listed which had offered Shippen.

Last week, national recruiting service reported Archbishop Wood senior-to-be Brandon Peoples issued an oral declaration to Temple.  Shippen’s declaration means the Owls have landed two Keystone State prospects within the last five days.

The featured tailback in an Eagle rushing attack which averaged 142 yards per game, Shippen ran for 760 yards on 124 carries and caught another 15 passes for 228 yards, scoring 12 total offensive touchdowns (11 rushing).  He averaged 6.1 yards per carry and 15.2 yards per reception, finishing three games with 100+ rushing yards and two games with 70+ receiving yards.

Defensively, Shippen posted 21 tackles (13 solo), two interceptions and two deflected passes, returning one of the interceptions for a touchdown against Upper Merion.  Shippen was part of a Norristown defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 21.2 points per game, holding six of 10 opponents to 17 points or less, with one shutout.

Norristown finished 4-6 overall in 2010, ending the season with a 38-12 victory over Phoenixville which snapped a four-game losing streak. During that streak, Norristown lost the four games by a combined 21 points.

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