Signing Day Spotlight: Ally Shipman

Many say that Ally Shipman will follow in the footsteps of her older sister, Madison Shipman. But we believe Shipman is on the cusp of creating her own legacy with the Lady Vols. Verbally committed since she was in 8th grade, Shipman is the No. 1 catcher in the 2018 class and No. 2 overall recruit in the Hot 100.

With a .615 batting average, 15 home runs, zero strikeouts, and 15 steals, Shipman is on pace to be a future freshman of year or player of the year.

Did you ever think this day signing with your dream school would come?

Honestly, no! It seems like so long ago when I committed and I had to wait forever to finally sign. However, I am so excited that I am officially a Lady Vol! 

Where will you be signing your National Letter of Intent this week?

I signed in my living room. My mom and I set up a table with a bunch of UT decorations. 

Will it be a big occasion or more low-key?

It was originally low-key. I signed my actual letter of intent at home but I am also going to my high school later to "sign" with some of my teammates. 

Will you do anything to celebrate the big day?

I am actually going to dinner with a bunch of my friends that signed today too.

What date did you actually commit and how long ago was it?

I committed in November of 2013. I was in 8th grade so that was about four years ago. 

What highlight stands out to you about the recruiting process?

I really loved getting to visit different places and experience different cultures. One of my goals during my visits was to try some of the local food at every college. Also, I really loved getting to meet new people and make new connections. 

What was the "aha" moment when you knew the program was the right one for you?

After I went on one of my unofficial visits to UT, I was in the Knoxville airport waiting to fly home. I saw a sign for Tennessee athletics in the airport and I could just imagine myself wearing orange. From that moment on, I have been set on being a Tennessee Vol. 

What will signing with your dream school mean to you personally and to those who've been part of your success (family, coaches, teammates, etc.)?

It is a huge milestone for me. I am so blessed to be able to play the sport I love and go to my dream school. It really shows how my hard work is paying off. Also, it shows all of the people in my life how important they are to my success. 

How much gear/product do you have of your future school?

I have basically an unlimited supply of orange! Ever since I was 8, I've been buying Tennessee gear! My sister even lets me borrow some of her UT gear too! 

What's next for you and your softball plans?   

My goal is to keep getting better and prepare for college. I want to be the best player I can possibly be and win a national championship! 

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Good news for college players who want to transfer. NCAA Division I student-athletes will now have the ability to transfer without granted permission from their current schools, effective October 15, 2018. 

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Eugene Lenti Retires After 37 Seasons As DePaul Softball Coach

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