2012 DT Still Waiting For Iowa Offer

Park Hill (MO) junior defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins had dreams of going to Iowa's junior day, but mother nature wouldn't agree.

Park Hill (MO) junior defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins had dreams of going to Iowa's junior day, but mother nature wouldn't agree.

"Due to the weather, I wasn't able to make it. I was disappointed. I was hoping that I was going to get an offer on the spot from them said," said Pipkins, the Scout.com 3-star DT in the Class of 2012. "I already have offers from Missouri and Kansas State. An Iowa one would have been nice.

"They are a great school and have a great tradition. Every year they seem to have some level of success. Some years better than others, but they are always in a bowl game. The coaching staff looks like they know what they are doing with their athletes. It's a great program and one of the top in the Big Ten right now."

At 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, fresh off a great showing at the Army Combine in San Antonio, it's no wonder Iowa has pegged the junior as a recruit. Pipkins was placed in a group representing the top five big men at the Army Combine and received individual instruction from Ndamukong Suh.

A player focused on academics, Pipkins will be looking for a program that features a strong business administration degree on the academic side.

"I also want a school where I can split time early and see some playing time right away. But, the most important thing is that I get a good education," said the DT. "I also want to play across the defensive line. I'm more athletic than just a nose guard. I want to show the coaching staff that I play for that as well."

So is he planning an Iowa visit in the future?

"I called them and told them that I was hoping to make it, but couldn't. I told them that I was hoping to come to a game in the future," said Pipkins. "I'm planning on going to a spring practice and spending a couple days there, staying overnight. I want to be able to see what is going on at Iowa."

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