December 7, 2011

Pipkins ready for a big role

Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins is no stranger to Michigan football. However, he had never seen a live game in The Big House until after he had already pledged to join the Wolverines' 2012 class. He finally got that opportunity when he saw his future team defeat Ohio State 40-34.

The Saginaw native live in Kansas City now, but his allegiance to his home state played a role in picking Michigan this summer. On top of an exciting stadium atmosphere, the Michigan commitment also got treated to an exciting product on the field.

The 6-2, 320-pound prospect is the No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 59 prospect overall in the country, and the No. 3 player in Missouri. He may have to use his college-ready size to get on the field as a true freshman. Michigan starters Mike Martin and Will Heininger both played their final game at Michigan Stadium against the Buckeyes, and playing time will be available to Pipkins right away.

Fortunately for Pipkins, he'll be in good hands. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison are both past defensive line coaches, and the current position coach Jerry Montgomery is a good teacher of the game as well. That showed on the field, according to Pipkins.

If called upon as a true freshman, the powerful gap-stuffer will be ready to take the reins - and have the coaches who can help prepare him for that.

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