Athletic Defensive Back to Camp at Auburn

A report with game video highlights of a talented 2011 football prospect from Georgia is featured.

McDonough, Ga.--One of the more impressive athletes at the Atlanta MVP Camp this spring was safety Ra'Chard Pippens and the recruiting attention has picked up for the rising senior from Ola High School.

"Recruiting is going great," he says. "A lot of college coaches came by to watch spring practice. I just picked up a new scholarship offer from Maryland.

"I am up to five offers now," he says. "Stanford, Northwestern, South Carolina and Auburn have offered me," he says.

Pippens says he is being recruited for the Auburn football team by defensive coordinator Ted Roof. "The Auburn coaches didn't come by and watch practice that I know of, but they did come by our school," the safety says.

Commenting on Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers, Pippens says, "I have great interest in Auburn. I plan to attend a camp and see how I do down there."

Pippens notes that spring practice was interesting for the defensive backs at Ola High. "We were in a new defense," he says. "We were playing zone and we are going to try to play both zone and man this year. I thought it went well."

The senior says over the summer he plans to work on improving his change of direction and his speed. He ran a 10.72 100 meters on the track team this spring and posted a time of 22.64 for the 200 meters. "I am also working on getting better at breaking on the ball," he says.

Asked about his favorites, he says, "I don't really have a favorite, but right now but one of the top ones would probably be Northwestern. I like the environment up there. Stanford is a really good school and I?plan on visiting it in June. I also have a good relationship with the coaches at South Carolina."

Pippens was also impressive at the Showcase earlier this year. He had the best vertical jump at the event with a leap of 42 1/2 inches. Measuring in at 6-1, 181, he ran a 4.40 NFL short shuttle and a 4.41 40-yard dash while also doing 10 feet in the standing broad jump.

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