Coach Speak: Tre Tipton

Tre Tipton added another big year in 2013, finishing with 697 yards on 44 catches, with 14 touchdowns.

Apollo Ridge junior receiver Tre Tipton may not have any offers yet, but even going back to before his junior season, Tipton has been receiving a lot of interest.

"No offers yet, but he's earned a lot of respect," Apollo Ridge head coach John Skiba said. "I think it will start to come."

Pittsburgh may be one of the frontrunners. Tipton went to a number of Pitt's games in 2013, and was at last week's junior days. Skiba says the coaching staff has done a good job recruiting him. One thing that is a concern, the number of receivers Pitt has taken in the last two classes.

"I think he sees four receivers they took in this last class, but I know he's very interested in Pitt," Skiba said. "He's gotten to know all those coaches well."

Even with what sounds like a good start in the recruiting process, from both sides, the Pitt coaching staff is pushing for Tipton to come back again for its prospect camp. Keep in mind that of the 23 signees Pitt took in this 2014 class, 11 were offered at a prospect camp last summer, committing shortly thereafter.

"Desmond Robinson was the first guy in, and now they've turned it over to Chris Haering," Skiba added. "I've kept in touch with them on e-mail. They've said pretty much that he needs to be at their one-day camp, which shouldn't be a problem at all."

Michigan State was one school that was a pleasant surprise. Skiba admits it wasn't a school he was expecting to hear from, but one that's impressed him.

"Michigan State stopped in out of nowhere," Skiba said. "The offensive staff watched his film. I got a call this Monday, and they ranked him high on their interest level. They want to set him up with a campus visit, and we'll go from there. That was one of the bigger ones for us."

Virginia has also come in.

"Virginia has come in three different times," Skiba said. "They've sent three different coaches to the school. Just like everyone eels, they want him to come out and visit."

While Pitt has certainly done a good job recruiting Tipton, Penn State has, as well. Even with a coaching change going on.

"Penn State had a good relationship with him when Coach [Charlie] Fisher was there, and we've had contact with Terry Smith," Skiba said. "Northwestern also came to the school.

"He definitely has that ability. I know he can compete with anyone. I've never seen him as a receiver, in one-on-ones, where he can get jammed. That includes passing camps with schools like Clairton and North Allegheny. They really don't jam him much. He's got good grades too, he's a good student. He's got his SAT's coming up in March."

Tipton earned all-conference honors this past year, finished with 697 yards on 44 catches, with 14 touchdowns. He helped Apollo Ridge to an 8-3 record.

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