Kirpes' Patience Pays Off with Offer

Even with a performance that earned him All-District honors during his junior year, Texas linebacker Austin Kirpes sat and watched as two of his teammates from Rowlett High School picked up Division 1 offers. After being patient, Kirpes can call himself number three, as Wisconsin and assistant coach Kerry Cooks have extended an offer.

MADISON -Austin Kirpes (Rowlett HS) has been looking for this kind of attention for a while. He has been waiting for a BCS school, or any school for that matter, to offer and a few days ago, it finally happened. The 6-foot 2 205-pound LB prospect from Rowlett, TX recently picked up an offer from the Wisconsin Badgers.

While leading his team to a tie for the league title, Kirpes recorded 49 tackles, six sacks, nine tackles for loss, two blocked field goals, and two passes breakups in earning honorable mention All-District.

Kirpes currently plays defensive line for his high school, but the college coaches are looking at him in another position. "Yeah, they are recruiting me at linebacker," Kirpes said.

The reason that they might be looking at him at linebacker is because of his ability to run from sideline to sideline. Kirpes runs a 4.58 40-yard dash, bench presses 325 pounds, squats 355 pounds, and has a 31 inch vertical. However, he just doesn't get it done on the football field. Kirpes also sports a 3.1 GPA on 4.0 scale.

It seems like Kirpes is trying to play like the player that he followed while he was growing up. "Ray Lewis is my boy, so I was a Miami Hurricanes fan," Kirpes explained. Like Lewis, Kirpes moves well around the field and has other things he can bring to a team. "I never stop," Kirpes said. "I have a great motor. I can run and make plays."

His ability to make plays has led to interest from a number of schools. New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin, Western Illinois, Richmond, Central Arkansas have all shown this Texas linebacker interest.

Wisconsin has been the only school to offer thus far and they are, "Definitely the leader. I sent my highlight tape to many schools, but I like Wisconsin."

Kirpes has been waiting a while for his offer, but he actually received it a little sooner than he thought.

"I sent them my highlight film and I got an email saying he liked my highlight film," Kirpes said. "Then he said to call him and I did and he said they were considering offering. Then about a month later, I really hadn't heard from them other than Coach Cooks coming to my practice. Then I got an email from Coach Doeren, who is the D-coordinator/LB coach, saying that he heard Coach Cooks offered me and I didn't know he did because I hadn't received the paperwork yet."

While Kirpes has only spoken to Coach Cooks and Coach Doeren a few times, they have started to make an impression. "I talked to Coach Cooks once on the phone. He is a cool guy. All of those guys are cool. Coach Doeren and Coach Cooks seem like really cool coaches," Kirpes said.

Since Kirpes resides in Texas, he isn't as familiar with Wisconsin as many players from the Midwest. "I looked it up on the internet. Seems like a great place," Kirpes said. "Madison seems like a really cool place to be. Other than that, I will have to find out when I take my visit."

Even though Kirpes doesn't know everything about Wisconsin, he knows what he is looking for in a school. "Probably coaches, the program, the tradition and Wisconsin definitely has tradition," explained Kirpes. "Where it is, like the city."

As far as a decision, Kirpes is still unsure of when he will make that leap to the next level. "I am really not sure. I am taking one step at a time. I am going to take my visit and see what happens."

If anyone was wondering if location is a factor, Kirpes said, "Football is football, I will play anywhere."

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