April 22, 2009

Lippett to continue Crockett tradition

When it comes to talent, Detroit Crockett High Schol is no stranger to producing it. In 2010 Crockett will be led by quarterback Tony Lippett. SpartanMag.com spoke with Head Coach Rod Oden last night and got the latest on his star players's recruitment.

Coach Oden is no stranger to talent. In fact, no high school coach in the nation can say he has a better pair of defensive ends lining up on Saturdays this fall. Spartan Trevor Anderson and Wolverine Brandon Graham both starred for Crockett under Coach Oden.

This fall Lippett will be leading Crockett from his quarterback spot. However, that may not be the position he ends up playing in college.

"Tony is a excellent all-around athlete," Coach Oden said. "He can play any position in the secondary, wide receiver or quarterback. It doesn't matter to him, he is just a football player."

Lippett is seeing his recruiting stock rise this spring and it will probably expand greatly this sumemr when teams have an opportunity to work him out at a variety of positions.

It was reported a few weeks ago that Toledo had extended and offer to Lippett. We asked Coach Oden about that offer and the other schools that are involved in his recruitment.

"We are saying Tony doesn't have any offers right now. He was offered verbally, but until we have it in writing; I have been around a long time so I know how the proceess works. We went to Michigan's Spring Game last weekend. We also have been to Bowling Green and Toledo. Tony will be at Michigan State this Saturday. He is also hearing from other schools like Stanford and Vanderbilt."

A few weeks ago Lippett attened the Badger Sports 7-on-7 that was held in Columbus. At that event he played wide receiver and showed impressive skills. At 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, with 4.5 speed, Lippett has excellent measurable for the position.

"Tony grew up playing wide receiver," Coach Oden said. He understands how to sit down in zones, make the catch and get upfield. H eplayed wide receiver mots of the time growing up."

Michigan State is looking to sign a few wide receivrs to teh class of 2010 and teh fact that Lippet woudl qualify as a "big" wideout certainly cannot hurt his chances with teh Spartans.

The visit to Michigan State this weekend for the Green and White Game will not be Lippets's first time on campus. He was actually in East Lansing recently checking thisgs out and meeting with the staff.

Coach Oden is very familiar with the Spartan staff due to the fact that they recruuited Trevor Anderson when they were at Cincinnati. Coach Dan Enos serves as the primary contact for Lippett.

As far as wheter or not Lippet can have an impact at the Divison 1 level, Coach Oden doesn't have any doubts.

"Tony is a Division 1 player. It is just a matter of what position he ends up at. That is one of teh things that teams like is teh factthat he could play at a varioety of sports defpening on where the team needs him, but he can definitely play at that level.

Spartanmag.com will be covering teh Greena dn White Game, Lippett is one of teh prospect we will be keeping an eye out for. Teh fact that teh Spoartsn have yet to sign a wide reciver for teh class of 2010 could be a posiotive in his recruitmet for Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State staff.

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