Wipson Discusses Gopher Offer

Wayzata (Minn.) linebacker Chris Wipson currently holds five offers with the biggest one coming in this last Thursday from the instate Minnesota Golden Gophers. GoldenSports.net was able to talk with Wipson and get the latest on his recruitment.

"Minnesota, Air Force, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota have all offered me so far," Wipson said. "Iowa, Iowa State, Stanford, Harvard, Penn, Dartmouth and Northwestern have all been talking to me as well."

After showcasing his skills in camp and then in a 7-on-7 tournament, Wipson had shown the Minnesota staff enough to garner an offer from the Gophers.

"They offered me Thursday night after a 7-on-7 tournament," Wipson said. "I was really excited and was kind of expecting it. They told me if I came to camp and did well that they would probably offer and I did so I was really happy and excited."

Being close to the University of Minnesota has allowed Wipson to build up a solid relationship with Gophers coaching staff after attending games last season as well as the Junior Day, Spring practices and camp this summer.

"Coaches Robert Reeves and Bill Miller have been my main recruiters. Because I live in state I've been there quite a bit, I went to their Junior Day and went to a couple spring practices, went to camp and then went back there for the 7-on-7 tournament," Wipson said. " I also went to a couple of games last year so I've talked to them quite a bit and we have a good relationship."

Wipson pointed out that the direction of the program, the coaching staff and academics are all factors going in the Gophers favor early in his recruitment.

"With Minnesota, I kind of like the direction their moving and I like the coaches so I guess that's important how successful they are, the coaches and how good the academics are," Wipson said.

Wipson also attended a camp at the University of Iowa this afternoon and was able to come away with some positive feedback from the Hawkeye coaching staff.

"My recruiter wasn't there today because he was attending his sister's wedding, but I talked with their linebacker coach and I felt I did pretty well in 1-on-1 drills and he said I did pretty good job," Wipson said.

Wipson may make a few more visits this summer but is still undecided if he will attend events such as the Northwestern Showcase or make trips to Iowa State and Stanford.

"I might go to the Northwestern Showcase but I'm undecided about that," Wipson said. "I might visit Iowa State or Stanford but I'm not committed to that, but I am visiting Air Force later in June."

When it comes to making a decision it could come sooner rather than later unless a number of teams decide to offer the talented linebacker soon.

"If I get a bunch of offers coming in I'll probably wait longer, like if I get more offers in the next two weeks I'll wait longer and take some official visits," Wipson said. "If it just stays with what I have right now I feel pretty good with Minnesota and I might commit around July."

When asked to describe himself as a player, Wipson said he sees himself as the leader on defense who is good both against the run and the pass with his smart but aggressive playing style.

"I was elected captain for my season this year so I'm kind of the leader of the defense," Wipson said. "I'm a situationally smart player, aggressive, fast, I play really hard and pursue really hard and I think I'm pretty good at coverage and blitzing too."

To prepare for his senior campaign this fall, Wipson plans on hitting the weight room with his teammates while also working on his speed, agility and flexibility.

"I'll be weightlifting with my team and working on speed and agility drills and my flexibility," Wipson said.

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