Lipsey: Virginia A Perfect Fit

Jordy Lipsey

Coach Al Groh and the Virginia coaching staff have a verbal commitment from the nation's top offensive lineman, Jordy Lipsey. OBI caught up with the Altamonte Springs, Florida star this week to get Lipsey's thoughts and plans as signing day nears.

At 6-feet-4, 265 pounds, offensive lineman Jordy Lipsey is one of the most highly regarded prospects in the high school class of 2003. Lipsey, a prospect who currently benches 340 pounds, squats 500, power cleans 320, and can run the 40 in 4.85 seconds, received attention from most every major college football program in the nation.

Tennessee, Stanford, Miami, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, and handfuls of other programs offered Lipsey early in the recruiting process. Just one, the University of Virginia, was the right place for the nation's highest rated offensive lineman, however. Lipsey, a prospect who committed to the Cavaliers in October and will report to UVa for the first summer school session, has heard from the UVa coaching staff often over the past few months. "I get a call once a week," Lipsey said. "I talked to Coach [Al] Groh a couple of nights ago."

While many coaches are essentially interested in just the football aspects of their prospects' lives, Coach Groh has a genuine interest in not only Jordy Lipsey the football player, but also in Jordy Lipsey the person. "We just talk about everything," Lipsey said about his conversations with the Virginia coaches. "They don't talk much football. They just want to see how things are going and make sure I'm doing well."

Newsflash for Virginia coaches: Jordy Lipsey is doing great.

Lipsey tells OBI that his life is going well on and off the field. "Everything's good with me," Lipsey said. "Really, I spend a lot of my time in the weight room lifting. I lift every day."

Things on the football field went well for the Lake Brantley standout as well. Through various publications, the offensive lineman out of Altamonte Springs, Florida was named All-County, All-District, All-Central Florida, First Team All-American, Blue Chip All-American, Dream Team All-American, Central Florida Player of the Year, District Player of the Year, and Lake Brantley MVP. In fact, Lipsey had such an outstanding high school career that his high school, Lake Brantley, is retiring his jersey, #50.

Coach Groh knows that players with Lipsey's ability don't come along often. Lipsey is a powerful center who is expected to step in immediately to help the Cavalier's offensive front.

"I have the opportunity to start according to the coaches," Lipsey said, "and that's my main goal. [The coaches] said not to even think about redshirting so I'm not going to. I don't plan on doing it but I know I have to go up there and work hard if I want to play."

Although Lipsey told OBI that other schools continued to recruit him after his verbal commitment to Virginia, those programs finally realized that it was useless – Lipsey will be a Cavalier.

"Virginia is the perfect fit for me," Lipsey said. "There's a lot of excitement there with the coaches, the players, and the fans. With the academics, athletics, and everything, I just felt comfortable there. It's an all-around great place with an all-around great atmosphere."

The University of Virginia, a great fit for a great kid, Lipsey will be a Cavalier come signing day.

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