September 12, 2010

Bucks rate high with Rippy

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This past weekend saw the vast majority of players in attendance to Ohio State's football game from within the borders of the state of Ohio but that wasn't the case all around. McKees Rocks (Pa.) linebacker Deaysean Rippy made the trip over from the Keystone state and if past years are any indication the Buckeyes have a good shot with recent success in Pennsylvania.

The 6-foot-2, 198-pounder already holds offers from Florida, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse to go along with an Ohio State offer. Of course after recent NCAA legislation the offers are still only verbal at this point but Rippy sees all of the schools sticking to their word when it comes to extending an offer when the calendar reads the correct date.

"Even though they are just unofficial (verbal) offers so far the coaches have said they are going with their word and I am looking forward to receiving those offers on August of my senior year," Rippy said. "I look at a verbal offer being an official offer to me, you can still commit and everything but you just can't sign but you couldn't do that until signing day anyways."

The Sto Rox star had a great trip to Columbus (Ohio) on Saturday and enjoyed getting a chance to check out the Ohio State campus and the environment at Ohio Stadium. The game against Miami marked the 6th largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history with more than 105-thousand people in the 'Shoe and the Buckeyes easily could have gotten tens of thousands of more people in the building if there was seating with the game being such a hot ticket.

"The stadium, 105-thousand people? It was just so loud and the crowd was really rocking the stadium," Rippy said.

This past weekend will likely be Ohio State's biggest recruiting weekend at least until the Michigan game in November and there were several dozen of players from the classes of 2011 up to 2013 in attendance. Rippy knew that there would be a lot of top talent at the 'Shoe along side of him and Rippy feels good about his own game and development to be one of the players there already with an offer in his pocket.

"I knew what I was there for," Rippy said. "The coaches already had interest in me and knew what I came for. It is good to be around other Division One prospects and we are all pretty much the same and we could show the coaches that we all could play at that level."

Ohio State's starting linebackers racked up more than a quarter of the team's total tackles against Miami and throughout the years the Buckeyes have turned out some top tier linebackers and brought home a good amount of hardware on the award circuits.

"I like their defense and I like the team in general," Rippy said. "Specifically with the linebackers I think it is a really good group of linebackers. (Brian Rolle) may not be the biggest linebacker but he sure can hit and he is really aggressive. I definitely like that a lot."

Rippy hinted around to having a short list of schools at this point but is not ready to disqualify anyone from his consideration but the Buckeyes and the Pitt Panthers both get mentioned a lot. He sees pluses and minuses at each school.

"I told the coaches that I definitely like the environment up there," Rippy said. "It is not like Pitt, another school that is in my top three, every college has its advantages and its disadvantages. Ohio State is more like a campus type of lifestyle. Pitt has its own advantages, I am sure that coach Wannstedt has connections, it is close to home, I am comfortable there but really at this point who knows yet."

But with all of that Rippy admits that he could easily see himself fitting in at Ohio State and has had good conversations with linebacker coach Luke Fickell. Fickell's linebackers have shown up well throughout the years and this year likely won't be any different. Rippy will have to take everything into account but has plenty of time to decide only being a class of 2012 star.

"Ohio State is definitely a good program and I could possibly see myself playing there it is just hard to choose," Rippy said.

Last year as a junior Rippy recorded 77 tackles to go along with seven sacks.


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