Editor’s Note: Lakeland’s up-and-coming senior wide receiver, Daidren Zipperer, wrote the following first-person story to announce his top six universities.
The 6ft-1,170lb zipper is a consensus 3-star recruit and, according to 247Sports’ overall ranking, is Florida’s No. 152 wide receiver and No. 160 overall player.
Zipperler claims offers from 22 Division I football programs.
I enjoyed this process in junior high school — when my brother Keon was one of the largest new football hires in the country.
I went with him on two visits to Florida and Miami, and both of those schools treated me as if I were a star. Many children never experience it, and it was a blessing.
But for me, my recruitment really started to explode this spring. I stayed on the course. As Keon said, I knew my time was coming.
Keon helped me a lot in this situation, and so did my mother, Sharonda Whitehead. We talk about school every day.
She is the best mom ever.
Growing up, we didn’t really have much, but my mother always found a way. She set an example for me and put us on her back. I think of chills and talk about it.
That’s why I’m working hard. Keon and I want to take care of her.
I feel like I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, and now everything is moving very fast.
Not only the coach but also the relationship with the current players is a big factor for me. I want to be at home when I go to the school of my choice. I want to know everyone personally, and I want them to know me, all inside and outside of me.
Academics are important to me and I want to attend a school that offers sports medicine tracks. And I want to go to a place where I can throw the ball and deliver it to the receiver.
I study playbooks and do everything I can to get out on the field and play as a true freshman. I work every day and every night. I know what I can do.
We will make the last three official visits during the season and make a decision around mid-September. But these are the six schools listed in alphabetical order, and I will consider them through the rest of the process.
I have been in contact with Arkansas since May. Their coach came to our school, saw me practicing, and offered me by phone. Since then it has been genuine love and I have felt the atmosphere. Going to Jonesboro for a visit is on my to-do list.
I made my second informal visit to BYU last weekend, which is completely different. I’m from Florida. Everywhere in the city is a straight mountain — wherever you go. In addition to soccer, I also have the opportunity to network at BYU, and I feel that I can succeed both on and off the field. Karani coach (shiitake) and fesi coach (shiitake) are brothers, very cool and real. The changing room is amazing for the equipment. Everything looks good.
The facility (Heinz Field) is connected to the Pittsburgh Steelers and you can gain knowledge by watching the practice of NFL players. It’s a spiritual person and I can associate it with my game. On my official visit, I walked around and saw Kenny Pickett (former pit quarterback and Steelers first round pick) with the trainer. I had to talk to him right away. He told me not only why Pitt went there, but also how great it is. Coach (Tikuan) Underwood is real and he keeps it at 100 with me.
I visited unofficially on June 4th and it was pretty good. Coach (Justin) Steps sat down and talked to me about football for about 30 minutes and taught them how to practice and eat. I feel that one-on-one conversation was important. DB coach Torrian Gray is from Lakeland. He knows what it’s like from my city and we can relate to each other. SEC football has something to do with me, but at the same time it doesn’t. No matter what school I go to, I feel like I can grow ACC, Big 12, anything. You can pick up the league from anywhere.
(Scout Director) Will Barrer coached the receiver at Lakeland High in my freshman year. The following year he is at USF. We already had that connection, but I didn’t receive the offer until the spring of 11th grade. When I blew up this spring, USF coaches said I like to finish all the rep after catching, I’m fluid and able to move and be able to line up in slots or out. I told you. I made an informal visit and sat down with Jeff Scott. He coached the receiver at Clemson, and he liked to throw the ball and told me I could fit their attack very well.
At first, I didn’t feel it at the informal UCF at the end of May. I had no plans to return to the official visit (June 3rd). But they showed me a lot of love, Coach (Grant) Heard and Coach (Chip) Lindsey. Located near the house, families can come to see home games every Saturday. It was when I sat down with Gus Martzan that I really really came back. When I heard it from him, me, and my mother, he taught me everything I had experienced in his career and how to make me successful if I played my part. .. He taught me how to fit me. They treated me like one of them. I love the place.
Lakeland wide receiver Daidren Zipperer reveals top 6
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