Moses Alipate Gets Plenty of Attention

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 last year. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Alipate to learn the latest.

Moses Alipate led Bloomnigton Jefferson to a 2-7 record this past year. He completed 67 of 146 passes for 907 yards with seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His two best games were in wins over Apple Valley and Eagan.

Alipate completed seven of 13 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in their 25-20 win over Apple Valley. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 269 yards and four scores in a 36-29 win over Eagan.

Alipate is the Jaguars' second leading scorer on the hardwood as Jefferson is off to a 3-4 start. He is averaging 11.7 points per game and scored 17 points in a 61-55 loss to Rosemount Tuesday and 16 in their 78-61 home loss to Burnsville Friday. GoldenSports.Net caught both games last week.

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.

Alipate is getting plenty of recruiting interest.

"I am kind of hearing from everyone all over the nation. I'm getting a lot of letters from LSU, Ohio State. USC is starting to pick up a little bit. Boston College has always kind of been there. Florida, Miami, the whole SEC. All the Pac-10 and the Big-10."

Alipate is also getting plenty of attention from his homestate school.

"Minnesota has offer me a scholarship and they said I could walk-on as a basketball player, too. That is kind of nice to have. That is definitely something I am looking at."

Alipate added the junior combine at the U.S. Army Game in san Antonio, where he was one of the top signal callers.

"It was a fun time. I had a lot of fun. I looked pretty young compared to half the guys there. These guys had grown beards and voices deeper than anything I had ever heard, but it was something that helped me a lot. I thought that I did pretty well down there. I just went in there and took it one throw at a time."

His strong showing impressed observers who told him that he is one of the early invitees to next year's game. He also picked up some things to continue to improve as a quarterback.

"It definitely showed me what I need to work on, A lot of things that I need to do to prepare mentally. Sometimes you are going to throw one way and the receiver is going to go another way, so getting on the same page. Being there mentally and preparing myself for the game."

Alipate said that playing basketball helps him with his football game.

"It definitely keeps me in shape, because of a lot of running and coach does a good job of conditioning us. We expect a lot of us and it definitely helps with the conditioning part and how fast you make a split second decision, so it definitely helps."

Jefferson is making a big transition without McDonald's All-American Cole Aldrich in the lineup. Alipate admits that it has been an adjustment.

"I think that a lot of people thought that we were not going to be a good as we are right now. It is definitely something that is a big change not having as coach say "Big Donkey" in the middle. We miss him a lot and hope that he is doing well. We are trying to adjust without him."

Alipate said that he does not have a favorite school yet.

"It is a little too early. I am still just kind of waiting to see what pans out."

Alipate is in the process of making plans for Junior Days.

"I konw that I'll be at the U of M. I think that I'll be at Iowa and that is as far as I know right know."

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