LSU freshman tight end Hanner Shipley transfers to Abilene Christian _lowres

Hanner Shipley during preseason camp. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Tight end Hanner Shipley, a 280-pound 2015 signee from Texas, has left the LSU football program and transferred to Abilene Christian University, a source confirmed to The Advocate.

An LSU spokesman did not immediately return a message for comment.

Shipley was ranked as the No. 46 tight end in the 2015 class and was expected to provide a big blocking body for the Tigers in the future. LSU is stacked at the tight end position for this season.

Dillon Gordon, Colin Jeter, DeSean Smith and Jacory Washington are thought to be the top four tight ends on the roster. Shipley was one of two tight ends in the 2015 signing class, joining former Jesuit High star Foster Moreau.

Shipley arrived on campus in June and practiced with the Tigers for, at least, the first week of preseason camp. He attended the team’s media day last Sunday.

Abilene Christian, a Southland Conference school, is about three hours from Shipley’s hometown of Marble Falls, Texas. Shipley posted on his Facebook page that he’s now an Abilene Christian student and is living in Abilene, Texas.

Abilen Christian’s official athletic Twitter account tweeted Sundaythat Shipley will play on the Wildcats’ offensive line.