Pipho Commits to UM

Matt Pipho didn't know a whole lot about Miami heading into the spring of his junior year. However, a phone call from UM assistant coach Art Kehoe began changing all of that. "Coach Kehoe started recruiting me and I started becoming more and more interested after that," Pipho said.

"Up until then, I really didn't know a whole lot about the school, the city, or anything like that."

The talented lineman took an unofficial visit to UM over the summer to learn more about it.

"I was very impressed," he said. "It seemed like a good school and everything, although I really didn't get a chance to check it out as much as I would have liked at the time."

Pipho then began his senior season and college coaches began turning up the heat. UM wasn't one of them at first.

"After I sent my film down there for them to look at they started getting more and more interested," he said. "I guess they liked what they saw of my film because they offered me sometime in the middle part of my senior season. That's when I knew I wanted to at least take a visit there."

Since Pipho never heard much from the hometown Iowa Hawkeyes, he started looking hard at other options. He lined up three visits early on -- Stanford, Oregon, and Miami.

"Iowa never really recruited me that hard so I never really had much interest there," he said. "Oregon was nice but I wasn't blown away or anything like that. Stanford was really nice. Their school is obviously very impressive. But when I went down to Miami this weekend, everything changed. I couldn't believe it. Everything was cool -- the people, the coaches, and the city. I was able to see everything up close and I just knew Miami was the place for me. I committed during my visit."

At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, Pipho spent most of the weekend with host Chris Myers and other players and coaches.

"The players are real cool guys," he said. "That was a big part of it for me. I could see myself fitting in and being around those guys all the time. Coach Coker's a real good guy, laid back and easy to talk to. Coach Swasey seems like a real good motivator. Other players were committing. It just felt like the best situation for me."

The Iowa standout had visits scheduled to Oklahoma and Nebraska for later in the month. That has changed.

"Now that I'm committed to Miami, I cancelled those other two," he said. "I gave Miami my word."

Pipho, who also plays basketball and runs track, says he's excited to be part of UM's great tradition.

"I feel as if I can play anywhere along the line so wherever they need me," he said. "I used to play tight end so I can move pretty well. I'll just need to spend a lot of time inside the weight room so I can start working on getting bigger and stronger."

Pipho joins Reggie Youngblood and AJ Trump as commitments along the offensive line.

"They said they're trying to get four," he said. "That's another thing that I really liked -- the competition. They have a lot of guys coming back and will have some new guys coming in. You can never have too much competition. With all of us competing with each other, it should make us all better. The way those guys compete in practice and stuff, it will make most of the games seem easier than practice. You dont get that most places."

Pipho said he's looking forward to starting his career in Miami.

"I'm just going to try to fit in as well as I can at first," he said. "I'm going to try and help contibute in any possible way. I'll be going down there this summer after I graduate to start getting ready."

Pipho currently has a 3.9 GPA and a 29 ACT score.

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