Top in-state TE Keon Zipperer ‘would like to be a part of’ Miami tradition

Keon Zipperer-Miami recruiting-junior day

Miami likes to play up its tradition of being “TEU.” With players like Jimmy Graham, Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen and David Njoku having come through, the Hurricanes have a tradition they can sell unlike any other school. It helped Miami land a pair of blue-chip tight ends in the Class of 2018 and it should help the Hurricanes once again in the Class of 2019. Keon Zipperer, Florida’s best tight end this cycle, thinks highly of Miami’s history at the position.

“I like the way they use their tight ends,” Zipperer told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi at an Elite 11 regional Sunday in Davenport, Fla. “They produce a lot of tight ends in the league and I’d like to be a part of that.”

Zipperer could be a perfect fit for what the Hurricanes want in their tight ends. The 4-star pass catcher from Lakeland High School is technically a bit undersized at about 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds. He makes up for it with his versatility, though. He moves well and has a penchant for the spectacular catch. It’s not off base to compare him to Brevin Jordan, the 4-star prize at the position in Miami’s 2018 class. Like Jordan, Zipperer can line up tight, play in the slot or flex out wide.

Zipperer has already made good on some of his talk about the Hurricanes. The rising senior visited Miami in January for a men’s basketball game against Duke and he’ll be back on campus Saturday for an invite-only junior day event. Considered the nation’s No. 3 tight end in the 247Sports composite rankings, Zipperer is a top target for the Hurricanes in the 2019 class, even with 3-star tight end Larry Hodges already committed.

“Everything was good,” Zipperer said of his last visit. “It’s all love from the coaches. They’re on me really hard and I really like Miami.”

The hunt for Zipperer won’t be easy for the Hurricanes. The tight end attended Florida’s junior day Feb. 24, unofficially visited Alabama on Feb. 3 and went to Clemson in November. He’ll see all three once again during the coming weeks and add in a trip to Georgia. North Carolina and Oklahoma have also been considered contenders at various points.

While the Gators might have the edge right now given Zipperer’s positive comments about his junior day experience, Miami has plenty of time to change things. Zipperer doesn’t expect to make a decision soon. He could take it all the way to February.

“I want to commit on National Signing Day,” Zipperer said. “I’m just looking for a school where I can feel at home and my family will be happy with my decision.”

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