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Lake Brantley OL is Center of Attention

Junior to Watch: Jordy Lipsey
School: Altamonte Springs, Fla.-Lake Brantley.
Position: Center.
Size, Speed, and Grades: Lipsey is 6-foot-4, 267 pounds, and runs the forty-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. He has a 3.67 grade point average and scored a 1020 on the SAT in his first attempt.
Honors: Lipsey was first team All Conference, All District, and All County, second team All Central Florida, and honorable mention All State last season as a junior.
Statistics: Lipsey estimated he had at least 80 pancake blocks last season.
Favorites: Lipsey said his favorite schools are Miami, Stanford, Florida, and Northwestern.
Skinny: There may not be a better center prospect in the State of Florida for the Class of 2003 so it's no surprise that Jordy Lipsey already has the scholarship offers coming in. "I have offers from Miami, Florida, Boston College, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Stanford, and Northwestern," Lipsey said.
Lipsey does not have one particular favorite right now, but if he had to name a few he listed Miami, Stanford, Florida, and Northwestern. What are the factors he is going to look for when choosing a school?
"I want to compete at the highest level in athletics and academics," Lipsey said. "I'm looking for a place where I can win on the field and win off the field."
Is staying in Florida important to him?
"I couldn't care less," Lipsey said. "I just want the best combination of athletics and academics. I could go anywhere."
A Lipsey has started at center at Lake Brantley High School for 9 consecutive seasons. Jordy will be a three-year starter this fall and preceding him were brothers Jayson and and Jess each starting three seasons themselves. His brothers went on to play other positions at Division III Washington & Lee, but he definitely got his start at center because of his siblings. Jordy actually began his freshman season at tight end and was then moved to center.
"They were both centers and both three-year starters at center," Lipsey said. "They were both shorter than me and didn't weigh as much, but they could play. They kind of taught me how to play the position."
It's Lipsey's awesome blocking ability that's getting him noticed so early.
"I think I had about 80 pancakes (last season), somewhere in there," Lipsey said. "I have a feeling that's why I'm getting a lot of interest. That's my forte. I like to pancake people."
What sets him apart out there on the football field?
"I have to say probably my strength to compete, my power, and my technique" Lipsey said. "Technique is a pretty big deal on the offensive line, keeping your hands inside."
Lipsey has made unofficial visits to Miami, Florida, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Virginia, but doesn't think he will attend any football camps this summer. He wants to concentrate on his offseason strength and conditioning workouts at Lake Brantley to prepare for the season.
"I have workouts every morning at 5:45," Lipsey said. "I don't want to miss those. High school right now is more important than college. We have workouts Monday through Friday every morning."
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