Lippert An All-Star

Pitt verbal commitment Jack Lippert will represent the East team in the 2009 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Jan. 2 at Coastal Carolina University's Brooks Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

A nearly 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pa., Jack Lippert spoke to Panther Digest Sunday afternoon as he awaited a flight to South Carolina. Lippert, who took an official visit to Pittsburgh Dec. 12, is the Panthers' only 2009 recruit on an all-star roster.

"Yeah, we're sitting at the airport right now,'' Lippert said. "We'll have a couple good days of practice to get ready for the game. So, I'm looking forward to getting down there and playing against some real good competition.''

The one negative aspect is that with daily practices leading up to the game, Lippert won't get to watch Pitt face Oregon State in the 75th annual Sun Bowl Wednesday at 2 p.m. in El Paso, Texas. Actually, he'll get to watch some of it.

"We have a practice for the first part, but I hope to be able to watch most of the second half while I'm down there,'' Lippert said. "It should be a good game. They had a great season and deserved a bowl game.

"That should be a good boost into next season. Pitt should be real good next year, too. I'm training real hard so I'll be ready when I get to Pitt next year. I'm really looking forward to coming in for the summer to get started.''

During Lippert's visit weekend, the recruits, their families and hosts went to Dave and Buster's at the Waterfront complex Friday night, took a campus tour Saturday with a presentation on Pitt's academics and meeting with Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. Later that night, the group attended the Pitt men's basketball game against UMBC Dec. 13. The Panthers won going away, 91-56, which impressed Lippert and his host, Pitt redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyler Tkach.

"It was a nice weekend and a good basketball game for Pitt,'' Lippert said. "We also got to watch a practice and hung out with all the players. It was just like a family. This team is real tight. It was an awesome weekend.''

Lippert finished his senior season with 15 sacks. He started at defensive end, his likely position at Pitt, and at both tackle and guard on offense. He was a first-team all-conference selection on offense and defense.

The all-star players are selected from the Offense-Defense Top 100 list -- a national ranking system that identifies the top players in the country. The O-D Top 100 is so respected that Sports Illustrated signed a two-year agreement for exclusive use of the ranking in its publications.

The 2008 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl was the last game played at the Orange Bowl before its demolition, but O-D Sports officials didn't have to look far for a new home site. With the company's headquarters in Myrtle Beach, it made sense to hold the game there.

The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl features 88 of the best high school seniors in the country. The game will be nationally televised by the Fox College Sports Network and selected Fox Sports affiliates throughout the country.

Here are rosters for the 2009 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl:

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