In the third of our Sound Mind Sound Body interview series, we talk to 2016 quarterback Jacob Liptezky (Riverview, Mich.), who was visited by Jim Harbaugh at Riverview Gabriel Richard in January.
When Jacob Liptezky heard Jim Harbaugh was visiting Riverview Gabriel Richard to see him, the 2016 quarterback thought it was too good to be true.
Not even a month into his job as Michigan's new coach, Harbaugh was locked in a pre-signing day recruiting push to round out the 2015 class. Nonetheless, he made the trip to Riverview, Mich. on Jan. 28.
"At first when he got there, my AD (Kris Daiek) was like, ‘Jim Harbaugh’s here to talk to you.’ I was like, ‘Wait, Jim Harbaugh’s here to talk to me?’ I thought he was just messing me with," Liptezky recalled at Friday's Sound Mind Sound Body camp.
And the actual meeting with Harbaugh? It left Liptezky searching for words.
"I can’t put it into words, it was just breathtaking," he said.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound dual-threat quarterback tallied 1,500 yards of total offense and 18 touchdowns as a junior last season, per the Southgate News-Herald. He also played safety, where he had 60 tackles and two interceptions.
Not only does Liptezky star on the gridiron, he is a standout baseball player and plays basketball.
Harbaugh had a few messages for him when they met, all which centered on competitiveness.
"We talked about grades a lot, (to) keep my grades up," Liptezky said. "He said keep playing three sports. I know a lot of kids play only one sport but it’s good to be competitive all year round, keep playing three sports. He’ll be looking out for me at camps and stuff."
Liptezky enjoyed camping at Sound Mind Sound Body and learned about things he needs to work on, including three-step drops.
"On the third step, dropping on that back foot, being ready to get it out, pushing off," Liptezky said. "Then I need to work on throwing one-on-one balls and stuff. I was kind of off today."
With playing "a lot" of baseball, Liptezky does not have any visits planned this summer. But a few camps are on his radar as he waits for his first offer.
"I’ve just been waiting. I’m going to try to go to a couple camps, maybe around Michigan, like Central, Western, Eastern, maybe State if I can get in there," he said.