Weight: 337 lbs.
High school: Kansas City (MO) Park Hill
Position: Defensive tackle
Jersey number: #56
Last year: Pipkins was in high school. He had 60 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 3 pass breakups.
TTB Rating: 90
Perhaps the most anticipated arrival in 2012 will be defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. The future Michigan nose tackle said that he played the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at approximately 360 lbs., so getting down to 337 by July has been quite a feat. Still, 330-350 lbs. was too heavy for the 6'5" William Campbell (who has slimmed down to about 308 lbs.), so Pipkins probably needs to continue to shed the weight. Pipkins tracked down all-everything wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the aforementioned all-star game and made some plays pursuing to the sideline, so he moves pretty well for a big man, even with excess weight.
As far as his freshman season goes, he will almost surely be pressed into action. Michigan's depth on the interior of the defensive line is rather non-existent, with only a handful of defensive tackles returning. The presumed starters are William Campbell at nose tackle and Jibreel Black at 3-tech, while backups Quinton Washington, Richard Ash, and Ken Wilkins return. None of those backups has produced much thus far, so the door is wide open for Pipkins to step in. He probably doesn't have a chance to start this season, but he could be Campbell's primary backup or a short yardage contributor. I have a feeling that he might start off the season third on the depth chart, but will probably move his way up as the season goes along. My expectations are high for his career overall, but offensive line and defensive line (especially defensive tackle) are notoriously difficult transitions for freshmen.
Prediction: Backup nose tackle