And what a first year it has been. Currently Hoke's bunch has an undefeated season going and the 6-foot-3, 320-pounder, has been watching.
"I like the way it is going," Pipkins informed. "Now they are starting to get in to the Big 10 conference play and hopefully they can play at the top-level there, so it is kinda interesting to see."
The squad has notched two comeback wins already, showing its togetherness, an aspect of the team that seemed to be missing under the previous regime.
"The way they finish," Pipkins answered when asked what stood out the most about his future team. "The Notre Dame game was definitely clinic on how you finish a football game in the last 30 seconds. They proved that they can finish and they proven that they can come together as a team."
"It has been amazing to watch."
Pipkins can not wait to get up to Ann Arbor and play under Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison.
"He is fair," Pipkins relayed about Hoke. "He does what is in the best interest of his players. After meeting him I can say that he is genuine with the way he coaches and he coaches all of his players, he just goes around every position and gives pointers and stuff like that. I feel like he is doing a good job and that he will continue to do a good job, along with coach (Greg) Mattison."
The Scout.com four-star is fired up about his future as a Wolverine, but is not trying to put too much pressure on other top recruits about joining him there, UNLESS the opportunity presents itself.
"To be honest, I don't do that, talk to other recruits. I know the pressure is on, and it is tough enough to choose the school you want to go to. I don't try to pressure them at all, because the pressure kind of pulls you away. I just kind of leave them alone, but if they want to talk I am always here."
Pipkins will be playing the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on January 7th, 2012.