Cy-Ridge High School is not only home to the No. 1 player in the state, quarterback Russell Shepard; but one of the top running backs in the state shares the backfield with Shepard. Running back Hasan Lipscomb used his 4.35 speed to generate 1625 yards rushing as a junior for the Rams in one of the most dynamic offensive backfields in the nation. Rated No. 34 on the M&W/Aggie Websider Top 100 list, Lipscomb has an explosive blend of speed and power that allows him to have a nose for the end zone, scoring 29 total touchdowns last season.
"I'm pretty good at breaking tackles," Lipscomb said. "Once I slip through, I'm gone. Not many players can catch me once I'm in the open field."
Despite his success on the field, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound prospect sees the need to get better and continue his development on the playing field.
"I'm working on improving my hips. I'm working with a training coach who has developed some players in the NFL. We're doing a lot of cone work and change of direction drills," Lipscomb said. "Once I improve my agility, I hope to be unstoppable on the field."
Despite living and playing his high school football in Houston, Lipscomb is originally from New Orleans and has ties to the state of Louisiana.
So it should come as no surprise that LSU is one of Lipscomb's top three teams. In fact, the Tigers may have the early lead in landing the speedy back.
"My top three teams are LSU, Texas A&M, and Minnesota," Lipscomb said. "Those are three great schools and I don't want to complicate things by adding anymore to my list. If I had to pick, LSU is probably my leader. I'd like to make a decision this spring."
Lipscomb still wants to see his finalists a few more times before making his commitment. While track season is limiting his schedule, he's still hoping to attend spring games at both LSU and Texas A&M. He's looking for a school where he fits in with the players and coaches, but his number one priority is the status of each team's depth chart.
"LSU has 3-4 running backs, but they didn't take one in 2008. They have a commitment from Michael Ford, but that's it. If I were to go there, it would be just us two in a couple of years," Lipscomb said. "Texas A&M has a couple of good running backs, but they don't have a lot of depth there so that would be a good situation for me. Minnesota puts runners in the NFL, like Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney."
The Texas A&M coaching staff has also caught the attention of the blue chip running back, and that has made the Aggies a strong challenger to the Tigers for his signature next February.
"The A&M coaches are cool guys. They all greeted me with a smile and treated me like I was the player they wanted the most," Lipscomb said. "That made a big impression on me. Also, they are very confident. They know what it takes to win, and let you know that they will be good."
Still, Lipscomb admits that LSU is his No. 1 team at the moment and they will be tough to beat in the end. He discussed growing up in New Orleans and following the Bengal Tigers.
"I grew up in New Orleans and I followed LSU," Lipscomb said. "I still have a lot of family and friends there. I went to school with a couple of current players there."
Lipscomb says that nothing is for certain until he visits his top schools again and then sits down with his coaches and family to make his final decision, likely in late spring so he can focus on his senior season. Until then, he remains open to collecting as much information as possible on each school as possible before ending the recruiting process and making his commitment.
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