May 7, 2009

Lippett talks Spartan commitment

Earlier today Michigan State picked up an excellent wide receiver commitment when Tony Lippett of Detroit Crockett High School selected the Spartans. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect spoke with SpartanMag.com and gave us some details about his decision making process and his thoughts on joining the Spartan family.

So what prompted you to decide to make your decision?

"I had it in my mind for the last few years that I wanted to go to Michigan State," Lippett said. "I sat down with my mother, my father and my coach and they were all 100% behind me so I decided to make my choice. Michigan State was where I wanted to go from the start."

So how did you let Michigan State know that you had accepted their scholarship offer?

"I was talking with my coach at school today and I saw Trevor Anderson there as well. He was there catching up with coach and some friends. I decided to talk with Coach Enos and I told him that Michigan State is where I wanted to be. He was real excited. I have a real good relationship with Coach Enos. I call him every few days just to talk about how things are going."

So what were Trevor Anderson's feelings about you heading to Michigan State?

"He was excited, Lippett said. "He likes that Michigan State is recruiting Crockett High School. For a while they were not doing that so he is glad that I will be going up there."

Besides his exceptional ability as a wide receiver, the Spartans also like that Lippett understands the concept of being a student-athlete.

"I try and stay on top of my grades," Lippett said. "I know a lot of great athletes never get a chance to play in college because of that. That is why I keep my grades and attendance tight; I have a 3.6 GPA right now."

As would be expected, now that Lippett is a Spartan, he will be working to get some other outstanding Detroit area players to join him to East Lansing.

"Yes, Mylan Hicks (Detroit Renaissance) is a guy I know Michigan State would like to have. I don't really know Mylan, but I do know he is a good player. I am sure I will be talking with him sometime."

The next few weeks Lippett will be running track and working on getting ready for the 2009 football season. Lippett participates in the sprint relays and the open 100 and 200 Meters for Crockett. Earlier this week he clocked 10.7 100-Meters.

Lippett is also looking forward to this fall. Crockett has been correctly re-classified in the PSL. The last few years they had to compete against schools that were 2 and 3 times the size of them. This year they will be back playing against teams with similar enrollments. With Lippett at the helm, Crockett should be right back in the mix for a PSL Championship

Look for more on Lippett and from his high school coach, Rod Oden, in a future issue of Spartan Magazine


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