Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Dwenger) offensive tackle Joe Tippmann made the trip up to Chicago and took to the field during Under Armour’s All-America Camp on Sunday, then proceeded to have himself quite the day.
When the camp concluded, Tippmann, one of eight remaining 2019 Wisconsin commits, claimed one of the Big Man Challenge honors for his work during the regional event in the Windy City.
The desire for continual development and showcasing his effort are what Tipmann prides himself on, and also are a couple of traits he currently believes is the best part of his game.
“I look to improve the whole time,” Tippmann told SB Nation’s Bud Elliott on Sunday.
Next, Tippmann could be part of an unprecedented recruiting class for Wisconsin, with highly-touted prospects such as quarterback Graham Mertz and fellow offensive lineman Logan Brown earning national attention from the three major recruiting services. There are also talented recruits in tight end Hayden Rucci, athlete Leo Chenal, wide receiver Nolan Groulx, and running back Julius Davis—with some like Groulx and Rucci earning four-star grades. Davis also participated at the event on Sunday.
Elliott noted on Monday that Tippmann was one of his standouts from the camp, as the Indiana product “looked good mirroring speed rushers and using his length.” That was seen against the likes of Purdue defensive line commit George Karlaftis during drills this past weekend.
Though he shined on Sunday, Tippmann is also looking to progress further in a couple of areas as well.
“I’m trying to mostly improve my run blocking and stuff, coming off the ball,” Tippmann said, telling SB Nation he weighed in at 299 pounds at the event.
Great battles yesterday between Wisconsin commit @JoeTippmann & Purdue commit @TheGK3. Tippmann won this one with good recovery to push past pocket. Karlaftis won next with inside counter.— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) May 7, 2018
Karlaftis spoke details his visit plans & commit status here:https://t.co/U9aYntfPg6 pic.twitter.com/NuqGpuxtkB
Recently, Tippmann visited Wisconsin and took in the final spring practice on the best day weather-wise on April 20.
With the sun shining and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s, the lineman got to see firsthand how the coaching staff conducts business out on the field inside Camp Randall Stadium.
“It was awesome,” Tippmann said. “It was great to get out there and see the coaches while they’re coaching because I hadn’t really had the opportunity to do that before. It was just awesome. Great weather, great atmosphere.”
Designated as an offensive tackle by the recruiting services, Tippmann admitted he sees himself at that position but also noted he is willing to play wherever he is needed.
Currently, he is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and a three-star by Rivals and ESPN. Along with Wisconsin, Rivals lists offers from of Big Ten programs Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue, along with Cincinnati and a few other schools.
Regarding contact with a school like in-state power Notre Dame, Tippmann told SB Nation he’s not really speaking much with the Irish, “like not at all, pretty much.”
Tipmann described his commitment to Wisconsin as “pretty solid.” Is there a pretty good chance he will stick with his commitment?
“That’s the plan.”