With early recruiting being commonplace in Texas, only three of the Top 100 prospects from the state in the class of 2011 are uncommitted. Because of that, schools have moved on the evaluating junior prospects.
Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell offensive tackle Kimo Tipoti is one player that has piqued the interest of college recruiters. The 6-foot-4, 317-pound junior has heard from several programs already and is seeing his stock rise as of late.
"I'm hearing a lot right now from Louisiana Tech and Tulsa," Tipoti said. "They haven't offered yet. They're just talking right now. Nobody has really said anything about possibly offering just yet.
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"I'm also getting a bunch of letters from (Texas) A&M and Purdue but that's just letters right now. Oklahoma is also sending me a bunch of stuff."
Tipoti has yet to make any unofficial campus visits but that will change in the very near future as he plans to check out two Big 12 South programs.
"I've gotten invited to the OU junior day and the A&M junior day," he said. "I'm going to both of them. A&M's is on (Jan.) 22 and OU's is on the 29th. I haven't had a chance to talk to the coaches at those schools yet so this will be the time to do that."
While it is still very early in the process, Tipoti admits he has an affinity for the Sooners.
"I really like OU," he said. "I like their style of ball and their o-line is pretty strong. They do a good job up front there."
The big lineman says that he is open to all suitors, though.
"Right now I'm just looking at all the schools," Tipoti said. "Whatever comes to me, comes to me. I've always lived in Texas. Distance from home doesn't matter too much. Whoever offers, offers. I'm trying to get out of Texas a little bit, though."