GREENVILLE — Steve Eipper will play college football for Central Michigan University next year.
Eipper, a senior lineman for the Greenville Yellow Jackets, committed this summer to the Chippewas. It was a process that began and ended quickly.
“This was a fast process. First, they (CMU) came to the school to talk to a couple of other people,” he said. “That was the first time I talked with them, but I had sent my film to them. I then went for a visit and talked with their coaches. They saw me work out here and offered me on the phone three hours later.”
The process lasted just two weeks. The end result was a full-ride scholarship to CMU.
Eipper said he had been talking with mostly GLIAC schools and with Eastern Michigan University. He could not turn down the Chippewas.
“Most of the Division 2 schools don’t offer until after your senior season,” Eipper said. “When Central offered it was something I couldn’t turn down. No way. It is very exciting.”
Playing left tackle and nose guard, Eipper knows he has to step up his game this year.
“I know I have to step up. Last year we had a couple of senior leaders on the line,” Eipper said. “I know I have to be the leader of the line. Everyone looks toward me for leadership.”
Greenville coach Dave Moore agrees.
“He has had an awesome summer. He has worked very hard to get ready for this season,” Moore said. “We expect him to be the leader of the linemen. Everything in football begins with the line and we expect Steve and the other linemen to lead us to success on the field.”
Eipper is listed this season at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds. It’s an increase of 30 pounds from his junior season.
With the season just two weeks away, Eipper is excited for the year to begin. This year, the Yellow Jackets will try to take one back against rival Belding after a 47-14 loss last year.
“It’s crazy (the season starting in two weeks). We have our home field back this year after last year’s disappointing loss,” Eipper said. “We are just ready to play.”
Greenville has not made the postseason since 2010. Eipper said the Yellow Jackets are planning on making it back.
“It’s definitely on top of our minds. We are going to take it one game at a time,” Eipper said. “But everyone has it in the back of their minds. That is everyone’s goal and top priority after beating Belding.”
In addition to helping the team, Eipper has set some personal goals for the season.
“First, I want to make all-conference and then all-state if I have a really good season,” Eipper said. “That has been a dream. I’m just excited and hope that can happen. I also want to stay healthy all season long.”
Greenville will scrimmage at home on Aug. 21 against East Lansing, Jenison and Fremont. They open the season Aug. 28 at home against Belding.