Pipkins starred at the Junior Combine just prior to last year's Army Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, and his battles with Evan Boehm became legendary, but he was still never certain that he would be selected to play.
"After the combine I did not really know if I was going to get selected or not, I was just kind of hoping that I would and praying that I would," Pipkins explained. "I felt like I competed and I felt like I stood out with the other kids and things like that, but still (I was never certain)."
"I always dreamed of playing in the game, so when they sent the selection papers and my coach told me I was just very happy. I felt like a dream had come true and my hard work had payed off in a tremendous way."
There are many other All-American contests, but Pipkins is happy to be able to represent the Army and play in the game that has the most longstanding history.
"It's huge," Pipkins began. "The U.S. Army All-American was the first one to have an all-star game, so it means a lot to play in front of the U.S. Army and have a showcase for them and show them how proud we are of them for serving our country. It is a big deal. I am very blessed to have this opportunity."
Pipkins and his Park Hill teammates are off to 3-2 start to the 2011 season. He is firmly committed to Michigan and will take his official visit to Ann Arbor after the season.
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