April 27, 2009

Crockett Quarterback Impressed by Central Michigan

Detroit Crockett has been very generous to the Central Michigan football program in recent years. Valtorrey Showers joined the Chippewas in 2008. In the most recent class, Aaron McCord decided to bring his run-stuffing abilities to Mount Pleasant. As it turns out, the Rockets have another exceptional athlete who is very interested in the Chippewas for the class of 2010.

Tony Lippett, a talented prospect at a variety of positions was in Mount Pleasant to take in the CMU Spring Football Game and came away impressed with a Chippewa program that he was already starting to like.

"I really like the campus. I just took a tour of the facilities and those are great too," Lippett said. "Outside of football, the academic side of it is great too. Central Michigan has my major, graphic design and I would really like to go to a school with a good graphic design program. I like what I've seen so far."

Aiding Central Michigan's chances with Tony is his close relationship with current CMU commit Aaron McCord.

"Every time he sees me, he talks to me about it. He is always telling the Central coaches to offer me too," Lippett said. "That's my man right there. I've played with him for two years now and his hard work and ability have rubbed off on me too."

While Tony is yet to receive an offer from Central Michigan, he made it clear what the Chippewas would be getting if they chose to offer him.

"If they offer me, they are going to get a hard working guy," Lippett said. "It doesn't matter what position they offer me at. Whether it's quarterback, receiver or defensive back, I will do what I have to do."

As a junior, Tony threw for 1,967 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 782 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 36 tackles and 3 interceptions. At the MichiganPreps combine a few weeks ago, he ripped off a 4.5 second 40-yard dash. That athleticism coupled with his versatility gives Tony a few different positional options when he gets to college.

"I would prefer to be a quarterback," Lippett said. "I want to be a quarterback but I can play anywhere. Before I came to high school, I played defensive back and receiver. I can transition myself from quarterback to receiver real easily. I just want to play football. That's what I want to play."

Also important is the fact that Tony has his priorities in order when it comes to choosing a school.

"Academics come first," Lippett said. "Second, I want to be a part of a great football program. Third, I want to be around good people who care about the school and have great pride in what they do. There is a lot of pride at Central Michigan. It's a Spring Game and people are out here tailgating and cheering like it's a real game."

Currently, Tony's main recruiter is Central Michigan defensive coordinator Tim Banks. Coach Banks has been talking to Tony for a while now and the fact that he graduated from CMU means a lot to Tony when he is telling him about CMU.

"I've been talking to him for a couple of months now," Lippett said. "He is always in my head about different things. He's really cool. He gives me the heads up on a lot of things. He knows a little more because he actually went to Central Michigan. I know he will always tell me what is really going on."

Recently, Chippewacountry was in attendance at one of Tony's basketball games during the state tournament. The game was against Detroit Country Day, which featured three players who were 6-foot-9 or taller. The 6-foot-3 Lippett was charged with trying to defend those players in the post. While Crockett lost the game, Tony more than held his own and was battling hard until the very end.

"Some people say I'm too little," Lippett said. "I'm 181 pounds so I'm not a little guy. I just wanted to get in there and battle. They were all big and going to big name schools but I just wanted to work hard and compete with them."

While football season is a little bit away, Tony is still putting in work. Not only does he want to have a successful season, he also wants to work hard to earn a Central Michigan offer.

"I am just trying to work hard so they can offer me," Lippett said. "I am running track right now and lifting weights. I always want to do something extra. I want to be getting better while the people ahead of me aren't working."

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