Detroit Crockett athlete Tony Lippett has been a three-year starter at quarterback for the Rockets, but the 6-3, 185-pound Lippett may be playing another position at the college level. Dozens of colleges around the Midwest are currently evaluating Lippett to see exactly where he possesses the most potential.
"No offers as of yet, but a lot of interest from MAC schools like Central Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio)," Crockett head coach Rod Oden reported. "Most (MAC programs) see him as a quarterback and believe he can play quarterback at their level. Some say they are going to let him decide.
"The Big Ten schools are looking at him more as a receiver. He's 6-3, 185 pounds and can run a low 4.5 in the 40. There's a lot of interest from Michigan and Michigan State as a receiver. Northwestern is the only Big Ten school saying, 'We'd love for you to come here and play quarterback for us.'"
Last fall, Lippett threw for 1,750 yards, 18 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also ran for 755 yards and 16 touchdowns and added five interceptions as a free safety on defense. Where he plays in college, however, is not a factor Lippett is concerned with.
"He's wide open. He's not set on being a quarterback at the next level, he just wants to play football," Coach Oden said. "He's a receiver by trade and became a quarterback when he got here out of necessity. We made a quarterback out of him, but he may choose to be a quarterback or go back to a receiver. As a receiver he is a threat on the short and intermediate routes.
"As a quarterback, he brings knowledge and experience. He's a three-year starter for us so the game is slowing down for him. He's recognizing coverages a lot quicker and getting out of bad situations. I give him the freedom to call plays knowing he will get us out of a bad play call."
Lippett has been busy on the recruiting trail, making visits to Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio) in the last few months.