Rippy keeping it open

Deaysean Rippy was one of the more highly regarded visitors for Arizona this past weekend. Read on to see what he liked, his next visit, and more.

Of the 14 official visitors Rich Rodriguez and Arizona hosted over the weekend, none was more highly rated than McKees Rock (Pa.) Sto-Rox High School linebacker Deaysean Rippy, who used his fourth official visit to check out what the Wildcats had to offer.

"It was a good visit," Rippy said. "I enjoyed myself with the players and my cousin (Reggie Gilbert) out there, they showed me a good time. As far as favorite parts, it was all kind of shocking a little bit. We went to Sullivan's steakhouse and it was pretty good. We went to the basketball game versus Oregon.

"We didn't really do too much on campus, but just from riding around the housing around there is nice and the dorms are definitely nice. The athletic director showed us the pictures of the $70 million football only facility, which was nice."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound four-star prospect is very familiar with the entire coaching staff at Arizona, as virtually each of Rodriguez's coaches recruited him to the schools they were at before they came to Tucson.

"I have a good relationship with Tony Gibson and especially with recruiting coordinator Matt Dudek," Rippy said. "We all have a good relationship, every coach down there has been recruiting me from other schools, like coach (David) Lockwood and coach (Jeff) Casteel from West Virginia to coach (Tony) Dews and coach Gibson at Pitt, so it's pretty much the whole Pitt and West Virginia staff down there at Arizona."

With the versatility to play either safety or linebacker, the nation's 18th ranked outside linebacker believes he'd fit in well in Arizona's new 3-3-5 defense.

"I'll be working with coach Gibson, the safeties coach, because they want me as an outside linebacker/safety," Rippy said. "It's a defense I'm most familiar with, my junior and senior year we played in the 3-5-3 defense and it's pretty similar. I've played so many defenses and I think I've dominated in them all whether it be the 4-3, 3-4, or the 3-5-3."

His visit to Arizona afforded him the opportunity to meet Rodriguez for the first time, but Rippy has heard about his coaching prowess from his work prior to coming to Tucson.

"Coach Rodriguez and I sat down and talked and from previous players that I know like Larry Foote and LaMar Woodley, they speak highly of him," Rippy said. "They tell me he's a good coach and I think he's a good coach. He's more relaxed and calm. I'm sure he'll have his moments, but he's new to the program. The recruits and the players like him because they think he'll be able to get the job done and get them to the Rose Bowl."

Rippy has just one official visit remaining and he goes into it with five schools on equal footing. After he wraps up his visits it will become decision time for Rippy and his family.

"I have a visit to UCLA this week," Rippy said. "Right now Colorado, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Arizona are still involved. I don't have any favorites. Everyone always asks me if I have favorites, but I want to take all five visits and weigh them out with my family and go from there.

"After my last visit I'll talk it over with my family and decide. It could be one day, it could be a few days."

Despite being relatively new to his recruitment, was his visit to Arizona enough to put the Wildcats in serious contention for his services?

"Yes they have, I think so," Rippy said. "It's interesting to me that they don't have very many commitments right now out of 27 scholarships. There are only four linebackers on scholarship and only three safeties on scholarship. The numbers right there tell you that they need more, so it's a possibility. They need some of that East coast flavor down in the Southwest."


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