"The biggest thing on everyone's mind around here is winning the state title," Lipsey told me. "The entire team works out Monday through Thursday at 5:45 in the morning. They said Apopka's team was doing the same thing and look at the success they had last season (editor's note: Apopka was the Class 6A state champs last season)."
At 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds, Lipsey hasn't always been much bigger than his competition.
"When I was in eighth grade, I was 6-4 and 140 pounds. 140 pounds was the limit and I really wanted to play," he said. "After that, I just kept getting bigger and bigger."
Inside the classroom, Lipsey carries a 3.67 GPA and has a 1060 SAT score. His academic status is another major reason why he's being so heavily recruited.
"I received a lot of phone calls last month," he said. "Everyone from Miami to Stanford to Florida State and Florida. I have received about six or so [scholarship offers] in the mail – they're from Northwestern, Iowa, North Carolina, Boston College, Virginia, Purdue, and Wake Forest. All three Florida schools have offered me verbally and said they'll be offering me in writing real soon."
With so many schools banging his door down, which schools are near the top of his list right now?
"I'd say my top four choices are Stanford, Northwestern, Miami, and Florida in no certain order," he said. "I don't have a clear favorite right now because I want to keep my options open. Basically what it's going to come down to is choosing either a big-time football school or a big-time academic school."
So what about the "big-time academic schools"?
"I just received the admissions packet in the mail from Stanford," he said. "They have a different process so we'll see what happens. Obviously that's a great academic school. Northwestern's another great school with a lot of academic tradition."
Lipsey then talked about the "big-time football schools".
"Miami offers a great private education," he said. "And they have an awesome football team every year. I went down there a few months ago for an unofficial visit and met with the coaches. I came away very impressed by Coach Coker and Coach Kehoe. Having a great offensive line coach is going to be important and I think Coach Kehoe is a great coach. He has to be one of the best. He's been at Miami for something like 20 years and I love his intensity. He came to one of my practices last month and said he really liked me. Then Coach Coker called me on the phone and said they will be offering a scholarship."
"Florida's also a great school. I've met and talked with Coach Zook and Coach Odom and they also have a great program."
Lipsey said he's going to take his time with a decision.
"I'm probably not going to be attending any summer camps because I want to stay here and work out with my team," he said. "I'm really looking forward to have a great season and then I'll take my visits and see what happens."