Having just returned from the US Army All American Combine, 2012 Missouri DT prospect Ondre Pipkins 6'4" 322 5.0 Kansas City (MO) Park Hill, took a few minutes to speak with ShowMeMizzou.com about his time in San Antonio, and to update us on his recruitment.
"It was a great learning experience," said Pipkins. "I got to learn from a lot of NFL players and coaches. It was great competition, a lot of people my size, and even bigger. I really enjoyed myself."
Pipkins was placed in a group representing the top five big men at the combine, and received individual instruction from Ndamukong Suh. He said that Suh emphasized using his hands a lot more. He said that he learned a lot of technique, and how to improve his speed.
Pipkins talked about going up against fellow Kansas City area native, Evan Boehm.
"We're great friends," said Pipkins. "But, when we went up against each other, we weren't friends. I (approached) it that he's just another guy across from me. We both had that mentality. Evan's a great competitor...................... I think we were the best linemen there."
Pipkins reported having offers from Missouri and Kansas State. He's planning to visit Iowa for their Junior Day, and believes he will receive an offer from the Hawkeyes at that time.
He's not planning on making his college choice anytime soon. He expects to see a lot more interest from other schools. I asked Pipkins about his interest in Missouri.
"Missouri wants me as a three technique, just a three technique," explained Pipkins. "And, I'm trying to expand. I'm trying to use my athleticism more, and go somewhere. A lot of schools have come in, and told me that. Hopefully, if they see fit, that I can play anywhere from zero to a five, then they would be at the top of my list. But for now, everybody's at a medium interest, and I'll go from there."
It's obvious that Pipkins' recruitment is going to blow up. He's already being bombarded with recruiters, and is going to have to work through all of the information coming at him. It's clear that he wants to play professionally, and that choosing a school that he believes will optimize his chances of making it to the NFL will be a major factor in his decision.
Pipkins is planning to attend Missouri's Junior Day later this month.