For those athletically gifted enough to play Division I college football, a good chunk of the scholarship offers are in hand prior to a player’s senior season. However, Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin High School cornerback Mackell Pippen certainly isn’t complaining that first offer didn’t come until August.
With one week still left in October, he’s now up to six offers and it looks as if more are still to come.
Pippen added an offer from Alabama A&M on Monday to his list that includes Louisiana-Monroe, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State University, Alcorn State and Western Carolina.
“Coaches really like my length as a corner and definitely my 4.3 speed is a plus for them,” Pippen told Today’s U. “Some schools that are interested in me say that I have the talent to come in and play as a freshman.”
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So far, the 6-foot, 165-pounder has taken unofficial visits to Auburn, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee State. Of that group, only the Blue Raiders have offered so far.
“Middle Tennessee was great,” Pippen said. “They had a big win and the atmosphere in the locker room afterward was lit. They have some of the coolest players I’ve ever met. I have an upcoming visit on the 29th to Western Carolina. Also, I’m planning to schedule a visit to Tulane in November.
“Other schools that have shown interest in me are Auburn, Mississippi State, Troy, Western Kentucky and Southern Miss. I have visits scheduled for most of these schools also. I’m going to Western Kentucky on Nov. 5 and Troy on Nov. 12. Louisiana-Monroe recently has been contacting me more, so I will probably will set up something with them in the future.”
Pippen’s elite speed has drawn interest from several schools, but a lot of times in recruiting, a coaching staff wants to get a player on campus before pulling the trigger on an offer. It appears this is something that could unfold soon for the rising corner.
“More offers haven’t been mentioned as of yet, but they have been really interested in me,” Pippen said. “Most of them have been really, really trying hard to get me on campus for visits. Some even said it will be worth my while to come.”
With more visits still to take and the possibility of still adding more offers, Pippen isn’t in any hurry to make a decision. However, with recruiting, anything is always possible.
“Right now I’m just enjoying the recruitment process,” Pippen said. “I’m not rushing my decision. I haven’t taken any official visits and I want to make sure I make the best decision for me”
When Pippen makes his rounds and checks out the different programs, there are four key factors he will be looking for at each as he begins to compare each school to the others and narrow down his list.
“A good academic program first, a family atmosphere and a football program that’s a good fit for me,” Pippen said. “Also, I want a good relationship with my coaches.”