B.J. Lipke played football at Cornell High School this past year, then played basketball at Lincoln Park. A role player on the hardwood, Lipke averaged in double-figures for rebounding, helping Lincoln Park advance all the way to the Class A state championship game, falling to MCS Charter 70-55.
Lipke turns his focus back to football where he was at Pitt to watch the Panthers practice on Tuesday. He's also got 7-on-7 on his mind, as he is participating in this weekend's Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament here in Pittsburgh this weekend. Lipke is playing some linebacker in 7-on-7 competition, so he took some time watching Pitt's linebackers in practice.
"I was watching the linebackers get after it," Lipke said. "I wanted to see how they read things, how they get better."
Lipke doesn't expect to play linebacker at the next level, but he is open to playing receiver, corner or even running back, which is where he will play this year at Cornell.
"I just want to play football," Lipke said. "I don't care which position."
As for the overall practice at Pitt, Lipke enjoyed his visit.
"It went good, I liked it a lot," Lipke said. It reminded me of practices at Cornell, and how they go into it, no huddle. There's a lot of competition in the drills. I liked where the o-line and the d-line went at it, and watching where the running back goes (the W drill). I liked that a lot."
Lipke also received a tour of the facilities, and was impressed with Pitt's weight room and its athletic training facilities.
"I went there before, but I never saw the treadmills and the Jacuzzi," Lipke added. "It was really nice."
Lipke plans on being back at Pitt for the spring game on Saturday.