Mikias Alipate Keeps Options Open

Hard hitting Holy Angels (Richfield, Minn.) linebacker Mikias Alipate currently holds offers from the University of North Dakota and University of Northern Iowa. He has interest from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Michigan State, North Dakota State, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Eastern and Western Michigan.

Alipate will not attend the Gopher's camp on July 20, but did attend camp on June 10 and felt confident in his performance.

"It went well," he said. "I felt I matched up with the guys that were there pretty well. Overall, it is a great camp and very well put together."

Alipate also felt a strong connection to head coach Jerry Kill and linebacker coach Bill Miller.

"I absolutely love them, "he said. "They've both been around the game quite a while."

Alipate said he appreciated how Miller, specifically, is a nice guy off the field, but can turn up the heat when it's time to work.

"He's a hard coach," he said, "but at the same time, you want to play hard for him because he really gets the most out of you."

One point of interest for Alipate becoming a Gopher is that his brother, Moses, also plays on the team and has recently switched from quarterback to tight end. He could end up covering his 6-foot-5, 280-pound brother in practice.

"If I had to cover Moses," he said, "I wouldn't be as physical—more technical. I think I would be able to cover him because of my speed. But it could go either way. He might just run me over."

Alipate hopes to have a decision on which school to attend by mid-season or toward the end of his high school season.

"I don't want to close any doors," he said. "I've got to take all of my officials. I want to find the school that has the best fit for me."

He compared the recruiting process to another life changing process.

"It's kind of like picking a wife," he said. "You have to make sure you love [the school], because you're marrying it for the next four years."

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