Jerbrell Lipscomb does a little of everything for Navasota, playing both cornerback and wide receiver.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound speedster excelled in both roles last season and attracted the attention of UNT’s coaches in the process. The Mean Green became the first team to offer Lipscomb a scholarship about a week ago.
New UNT safeties coach Perry Carter is recruiting Lipscomb.
“That was really exciting for me,” Lipscomb said. “North Texas was my first offer. When coach Carter came and talked to me, it seemed like he was interested and that he would be a great coach. We also talked about education and that North Texas is a good school.”
The academic assistance UNT provides its athletes is particularly intriguing for Lipscomb, who appears top have the type of talent that will translate well to the college level.
Lipscomb was a first-team All-District 18-3A selection as both a wide receiver and defensive back as a junior.
UNT is recruiting Lipscomb as a cornerback, but is leaving open the possibility that he could move to slot receiver depending on the way he develops. He intercepted four passes last season and returned two of them for touchdowns. On offense, Lipscomb said he caught 42 passes and compiled about 800 receiving yards. Here are a few of his highlights.
UNT is not the only team that has noticed Lipscomb’s talent. McNeese State offered Lipscomb a scholarship last week. Houston, Baylor and Texas are also showing interest in Lipscomb.
Lipscomb said that Houston is showing the most interest among that trio of teams.
UNT could have an edge over those teams because Lipscomb has an uncle who lives in Denton.
The most important factor in Lipscomb’s recruitment, though, will be the opportunities available at the colleges he is considering.
“I want to go to a school where I can play my freshman or sophomore year,” Lipscomb said. “I want to get on the field early.”
Lipscomb is in no hurry to make a decision. He said he wants to see what opportunities he has and might wait until the end of the season to decide on his destination.
Lipscomb plans to officially visit UNT to find out a little more about what the school has to offer and will likely head to Denton for the Mean Green’s game against SMU.
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