Moses Alipate Gets Recruiting Interest

Moses Alipate, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound junior from Bloomington (MN) Jefferson, is one of the top two-sports athletes in Minnesota's Class of 2009. The son of former NFL player Tuineau Alipate is a quarterback who has received a scholarship offer from Minnesota and was a sixth man for a state tournament basketball team. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Alipate to learn the latest.

Moses Alipate has completed 49 of 106 passes for 660 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He has rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns as Jefferson started the season 2-3.

Alipate helped lead Jefferson to a 23-6 record this season as they advanced to the Minnesota Class AAAA State tournament. He averaged 8.9 points per game this season and scored in double figures in 10 of 29 games, including three of their four playoff contests. Alipate scored 16 points in the section finals against Minnetonka and had 14 in their state tournament loss to Apple Valley.

Alipate completed 79 of 187 passes for 892 yards with 13 interceptions and three touchdowns for the Jaguars as a sophomore, when they finished 0-9 last season.

What is the latest on the recruiting front? Are there any schools are you hearing from right now?
"I've got a lot of letters from USC, UCLA and California. Florida has been sending me a lot of stuff. Alabama sends me something almost every day. Nick Saban has been writing some notes in there, just saying "good luck" and stuff. Boston College, Florida State, Oklahoma, Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska. USC has been the one that I have been looking at the most."
Is it a little overwhelming at times dealing with the recruiting?
"It is definitely flattering, but at the same time, you have to make sure that you are getting everything done on the field right, so that you maybe have the opportunity to go there."
You have been to a couple of Minnesota games and attended the Washington State-Wisconsin game. You had planned to go to the Nebraska-USC game, but had a family conflict. Do you have any plans for upcoming trips?
"I definitely would like to take a trip out to California and visit Cal Berkley, USC and UCLA. Maybe go to a Washington State game, but so far I am just taking it one game at a time."
You went to the Washington State-Wisconsin game a few weeks ago. You are hearing from both schools. How was that trip?
"It was a good game. It was definitely something. It was hot. A lot of people on the sidelines almost passing out. Both teams played hard. It was a fun game to watch. It definitely helped not having to go all the way out to Washington. Bringing both teams there, I got a good perspective on both teams.
In terms of basketball, your dad told me that you got a scholarship offer from South Dakota. Who else are you hearing from?
"I gotten a lot of letters from Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, North Dakota, North Dakota State. Mostly schools in the Midwest."
Do you think about playing both sports in college?
"That is something I am going to have to think about later down the line. It is something that is flattering, but at the same time they know that they are looking at you for both sports. It is something that I am going to have to sit down with my family and think about."

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