LB Tipton A Super-Sleeper?

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Lynchburg Christian (Lynchburg, VA) linebacker Tyler Tipton is used to impressing out on the field. As a junior, he earned first-team all-state honors at the linebacker position.

In May of 2003, he was able to shine in front of college coaches during the Nike Camp in Blacksburg. Tipton was named the second-best linebacker at the event, which featured top prospects from up and down the East coast.

“I knew I did well, but I was surprised when they said I finished second,” said Tipton. “I mean, there are so many great prospects from all around at that event so I didn’t expect to be the best. A lot of coaches came over when the linebackers started covering tight ends and running backs in coverage drills. I had a pick and a break-up.”

Tipton believes pass coverage is one of his strong suits as a player. Speed is another. The 6-2 ½ 220 pound Tipton sprinted a 4.58 in the 40 yard dash during camp at the University of Pittsburgh earlier this summer.

In addition, Tipton brings intensity to the field. His intensity ignites his teammates, and separates himself as a leader for his team.

“I get jacked up to play football,” said Tipton. “I get after it. I’ll talk a little out there, but that’s just part of playing football. I go out and do anything it takes out there. I want to lead by example.”

Pittsburgh, Marshall, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are the programs currently showing the most interest. Tipton attended camp at Pitt, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech.

“Marshall is definitely very interested in me,” said Tipton, who has not yet received any offers. “I went to Pittsburgh for their camp. I was one of three linebackers they pulled aside and had work out in front of the coaches. I went to Wake Forest’s camp for one day.

“I also went to Virginia Tech. Me and Rashad Jennings went for one day. We worked out all day in front of coach [Bud] Foster. He said he likes us both a lot.”

Tipton, who will easily qualify academically, has no favorites. Instead, he wants to see who offers him and make a decision at a later date.

“I think I am going to wait it out,” said Tipton. “I’ll see who offers and maybe take some visits and everything. I would like to see how everything plays out.”