The 6-foot-2, 200-pound four-star linebacker is hearing from numerous schools throughout the country and his recruitment is starting to take a bit more shape.
Rippy's recruitment from Pitt has carried to Arizona, where he is hearing from the same coaches. While there may have been some hard feeling at first from recruits due to the change in coaching staffs, Rippy says he understands the move.
"My recruiting coaches from Pitt were Tony Gibson and Calvin Magee," Rippy said. "There were no hard feelings. Gibson told me he always wanted to be around Rich Rodriguez and the other guys on that coaching staff and I don't blame him, especially seeing how Todd Graham left. I definitely don't blame him for that."
Rippy has visited Pitt, Colorado, and West Virginia and had positive impressions from each.
"I took a visit to Colorado, where my cousin plays," Rippy said. "I actually took pictures of the mountains because it was so nice. West Virginia is close, so I was able to get my grandmother involved instead of her spending money on traveling."
As Rippy sees numerous schools and goes through the recruiting process, he has a pretty good idea of what he is looking for in a school.
"First and foremost I know you have to go to school for academics," he said. "That should be the primary thing, but often times without that athletic ability you wouldn't be able to get into that school, so academics would be first. Athletically playing time, the way the coaches carry themselves, and my future teammates."
Rippy will likely be making a decision close to Signing Day, but first must decide where he wants to take his two remaining official visits.
"I have two more visits left and it will come down to Arizona, UCLA, and USC," he said. "I will hopefully know my visits by the end of the week or early next week."