Lipham Looking For First Offer

Salmen quarterback Matt Lipham is receiving interest from several schools and the junior appears to be on the verge of receiving his first scholarship offer. Read further to find out which colleges are pursuing the talented 6-foot-4 signal-caller, including SMU!

Salmen High School (Slidell, Louisiana) is one of the top programs in the state of Louisiana and the 4A powerhouse is blessed with not one, but two, starting quarterbacks.

Unusual situation? You bet. But it's a "problem" any school would love to have.

Last year, juniors Matt Lipham and Daniel Sams (Kansas State commit) split time at the quarterback position for the Spartans and the duo will do the same thing this fall.

"Last year, I didn't play quarterback much until Sams went out (due to an off-the-field issue) late in the season," Lipham said. "I threw three touchdowns early in the season, but I mostly played linebacker and receiver. I scored a touchdown receiving and probably had about 30 tackles. I played the last seven games as the starting QB and I threw for 1,500 yards and 13 or 14 touchdowns.

"Both Sams and I are going to play quarterback and different positions this year. We'll work it out to where he'll play some running back and wide receiver and I'll play some tight end and linebacker - either outside linebacker or middle."

In 2009, Salmen went 10-3, advancing to the semifinals before losing to district rival Franklinton. Two of the Spartans' three losses came against Franklinton and that provides plenty of motivation for Lipham and his teammates.

"We're going to take it one game at a time," said Lipham, "but we're going to hit it hard for district and we're hungry to play Franklinton again. We have four returning starters on offense and seven or eight on defense.

"Our spring is going good. We play (perennial 5A playoff team) Higgins Saturday in the spring game. We've been getting stronger and we're playing together."

Lipham is still looking for his first scholarship offer, but he has no shortage of schools that are showing interest.

"I'm hearing from Tulane, SMU, Tulsa, Mississippi State, Arkansas State, McNeese State, Southeastern, and Stephen F. Austin," said Lipham. "My favorites are Tulane, SFA, and Southeastern, but I'm very interested in SMU.

"Coach Reinebold visited our practice and he's nice. I really like him and I like his personality. I'm going to try to make it to the SMU camp this summer, but I also play on a traveling baseball team during that time. I appreciated SMU coming by our practice."

Lipham said that he's looking for a college that "feels like home."

Pony Stampede Top Stories