When we wrote last on Matt Pipho, there was news you could have called good or bad for Stanford. The Iowa native received a scholarship from Miami (FL), which is a strong confirmation of the offensive tackle recruit's abilities. The Hurricanes, however, bring a strong recruiting threat to the Cardinal in their pursuit of their much-needed second tackle in this class. Pipho was also trying to sort out when he would take his official visits. The difficulty with his schedule relates to his basketball season, which just started on Monday and puts a crimp on several of his possible visit dates.
That was precisely why the 6'7" tackle had hoped to get one of his visits done this month. His sights were set on getting down to Coral Gables (Fla.) to see Miami for his first official trip, but hoops season has tipped off without Pipho boarding a plane. He will instead travel to Miami the second visit weekend of January (1/14-16), one week after he makes his way to The Farm (1/7-9). The other planned official trip he has on the books will bring him to Oregon the weekend of December 10.
It can be difficult for recruits to make it through the Holidays without pulling the trigger, and that could work in favor of the Ducks. Pipho has unofficially visited Stanford and Miami previously, which together with that Oregon official visit could conceivably let him make a decision in December. After the Ducks dazzle with their facilities, should the folks in Palo Alto and Coral Gables sweat while they wait?
"I really won't know where is best for me until I take all my official visits," Pipho replies. "I'm pretty sure I will wait until January to decide."
Iowa State is the fourth team who has stepped up with an offer for the in-state offensive lineman, though Pipho says he will "wait and see" if he wants to visit Ames. The other school hot on his case, who has not yet extended an offer, is Oklahoma. They have picked up the pace of their recruitment in the last few weeks, and the Midwestern prospect has reciprocated. He jumped in the car with his father and a couple friends this past weekend for a 700-mile drive down to Norman. The monster trek was rewarded, as Pipho's travel party were able to witness a Sooner spanking of rival Nebraska, 30-3.
"It's pretty impressive there," the recruit reports on his visit. "They take their football pretty seriously."
Pipho adds that he enjoyed all that he saw, but has no surprises to report. No official visit has been set with the Sooners, and that would likely come if and only if they take the plunge in offering the offensive tackle. According to Scout.com, Oklahoma has extended offers to 12 of the top 20 linemen in the nation, though Pipho is optimistic of his chances at receiving an offer before long.
"They might be really close to offering, though it's hard to tell," the Union High School standout explains. "I didn't really ask them too much about an offer."
With Pipho's visits to his top two schools not coming until January, that buys Oklahoma and other suitors some time to evaluate Pipho and their recruiting boards. He has said that he would like to use all five of his official trips, and only three of those slots are currently filled. More twists and turns may still be ahead for the Iowa standout in the next two months, and we will continue to keep you abreast of all his latest.
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