Lippert In Limbo

Jack Lippert doesn't sound one bit like the confused young man that he's been portrayed as lately, just someone who's taking his time to make an important decision.

A senior this fall at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pa., Jack Lippert visited Pittsburgh Monday and reportedly has been waiting for an offer from Penn State -- his "dream school.'' Well, as of early Wednesday afternoon, Lippert had not yet received an offer from the Nittany Lions.

And in an interview with Panther Digest, Lippert cleared the air a bit as far as Pitt and PSU are concerned.

"If they're not interested in me, then I shouldn't be interested in them,'' Lippert said, noting that he's not sitting by the telephone waiting for a call from Penn State. "So, I think I'll just stick with the schools that want me like Pitt. But I've been talking with Penn State a lot in the past, so I don't know about them.''

Lippert had not been on Pitt's campus before Monday, so he and his mom enjoyed the tour. He had some reservations about Pitt because it's a city school, but the unofficial visit there changed his mind.

"I really enjoyed it,'' Lippert said. "The campus was nice, and it's not too big. My mom really liked all the medical facilities. I guess if I ever would get hurt, I'd have some top-notch medical people working with me. She thought that was impressive. Overall, it was a good trip.''

Lippert and his mom also talked with Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt and the Panthers' defensive coaches about his future with the team if he were to commit to Pitt. Lippert also was at a Penn State camp this past weekend that he enjoyed, but he was told that an offer was imminent.

But the Nittany Lions still have not come through. And Lippert still must make a decision, which he said was coming soon.

"I'm going to decide in the next week or so,'' Lippert said. "It could be next week, I guess, but I'm really not sure yet. I have to think about it some more. ... Penn State is one of the schools that I wanted to go to, but I was never set on Penn state. It's never been Penn State, and that's it.

"It's never really been like that at all. I guess people get that perception about my situation, that I was set on Penn State. But that's not the case. I think it would be cool to play there, but I was never set on Penn State. I'd like to play football at Pitt, too, so I'll try to make a final decision as soon as I can.''

A 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end, Lippert has been offered by Boston College, Temple and Buffalo, along with Pitt.

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