UM Pulls Even After OL's Visit

The University of Miami had been trailing two other programs all summer for this All-American offensive lineman, but an official visit to UM this past weekend has changed that. Now the Hurricanes are even and he talks all about the visit and why he likes the Canes.

The University of Miami hosted their first official visitor of the year this past weekend when Altamonte Springs (Fla.) Lake Brantley standout Jordy Lipsey made the trip down to UM with his parents.

The night before, however, Lipsey and his teammates were stunned by Ed White.

"We were up 14-0 at halftime and then everything fell apart," he said. "We had seven fumbles and they ended up beating us 32-14. That was a district game so we need to rebound this week at Mandarin. That should be a big test for us."

Lipsey, a full academic qualifier, talked about his visit to UM this past weekend.

"It went really well for me," he said. "They showed me a great time and I really enjoyed every part of it. I saw some other guys like Derrick Morse, who is already committed to Miami. They had a bunch of local kids in there to watch the game."

The talented center talked about what he liked most about his visit.

"Definitely the football program in general," he said. "It's just awesome. Just being around those players gets you excited. They have so much energy and excitement that you just want to suit it up right then and there."

Lipsey, who was hosted by Chris Myers, talked about the center situation.

"Brett Romberg is a senior and they have Joel Rodriguez coming back," he said. "He'll be a redshirt junior next season but has never started a game."

Lipsey also made a visit to the University of Virginia two weeks ago and he compared the two.

"They were both great," he said. "I loved Virginia and then I loved Miami. Miami was so intense. The Orange Bowl was just crazy. They're real loud and really involved in the game. Virginia is still crazy but not the atmosphere like at Miami. Plus the stadium at Virginia is brand new where as Miami plays in a stadium with so much tradition. Plus, I think Virginia is led by a lot of young guys. They seem to have a younger team where Miami is led by the juniors and seniors."

Lipsey also talked about offensive line coach Art Kehoe.

"I really like Coach Kehoe," he said. "He's very energetic and intense. He's always going 100 miles per second. He's completely different than Coach Prince at Virginia, who is another great coach but is more smooth and calm. They're both very confident, too."

So after the successful visit, where does that put the Hurricanes?

"Well, I have one more visit set up and that's to Stanford," he said. "I go there on October 12. I'll take that visit and then have a 4-hour plane ride home to think it all over. Hopefully I'll have a decision ready by the time I get home. They're all even right now, but you know how sometimes you have a feeling in the back of your mind, that's how it is for me. If I am not ready to make a decision then, I'll probably take a few more trips in December. Some of the possibilities are Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, and maybe Notre Dame. But right now, I'm trying to focus on the main three and hopefully have a decision ready after my visit to Stanford."

Lispey is widely considered the top center prospect in the entire country. With a 1230 SAT score, he's even more impressive inside the classroom.

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