Rivals: Ondre Pipkins surpasses Kyle Kalis as Michigan's top football recruit, according to latest ranking
The Michigan football team has a new top recruit, and they didn't even require a new commitment to snag him.
Ondre Pipkins' ascent into the recruiting stratosphere continued Tuesday when the defensive tackle from Kansas City jumped to 14th in Rivals' latest top-100 ranking. His leap from 59th included bypassing No. 22 Kyle Kalis, an offensive lineman who had been the Wolverines' consensus top recruit since committing last year.
Pipkins was ranked No. 246 by Rivals when he committed to Michigan in July. Now, he and Kalis -- who are friends, and matched up against each other at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month -- have pulled neck-and-neck.
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Both are five-star recruits according to Rivals. Pipkins is the second-highest ranked defensive tackle in the country, according to the list, and has already been told by the Michigan coaching staff he could play right away.
Kalis is the fourth-highest offensive lineman.
Another Michigan offensive lineman prospect made the top 100, with Erik Magnuson of Carlsbad, Calif., coming in at No. 78.
The only Big Ten team with more recruits on the top 100 list is Ohio State, which has four. Interestingly, each is a defensive lineman: DE Noah Spence, No. 9; DE Adolphus Washington, No. 25; DT Tommy Schutt, No. 64; and DE Se'von Pittman, No. 95.
Only two other top-100 recruits are committed to Big Ten schools: No. 73 Vince Biegel (Wisconsin) and No. 99 Ifeadi Odenigbo (Northwestern).
Scout released its latest rankings last week, with Kalis still ranked ahead of Pipkins. Michigan also was a big winner there.
Verbal commitments are nonbinding, but National Signing Day isn't far off. Recruits can send in their letters of intent Feb. 1.