A player with the potential to be a quick outside linebacker on the college level or a large and physical safety, Rippy will head into his senior season this fall as one of the top prospects in the state of Pennsylvania and Scout.com's No. 11 rated outside linebacker.
As a junior he made 85 tackles with 10 sacks and two interceptions while also catching 10 touchdown passes on offense and totaling more than 700 yards. As a junior he made 77 tackles with seven sacks.
Combine that with the type of speed that allows him to run the 100 and 200 meters on the Sto-Rox High track team and you have a prospect worthy of attention, and he is getting plenty of it. In fact, he is receiving so many phone calls from college recruiters right now that he notes it can become overwhelming.
"Every 17 and 18 year old kid would love so much attention," he says. "As it keeps growing, you start getting tired of all of the attention. I know my cousin, Andrew Carswell, who is the receiver at Pitt, the reason why he committed early was so much attention."
While he is not ready to commit to a college just yet and put recruiting in the rear view mirror, Rippy does plan to come up with a list of around 10 colleges he is most interested in and take visits to check them out.
One of those colleges that could make his favorites list is 2010 national champion Auburn, which made him an early scholarship offer. Rippy notes that he stopped by the Auburn campus recently and liked what he saw and heard. "I didn't really have Auburn as one of my top schools, but coming down there it changes my perspective," he says.
Another influence is his seven-on-seven team's quarterback, Zeke Pike, a recent Auburn commitment from the state of Kentucky. Rippy notes that Pike has told him what a good place Auburn is and how he would like for the linebacker to commit to the SEC school, too.
Rippy notes that he can see why Pike likes the Tigers so much. "The coaches at Auburn are extraordinary," he says. "They are 100 percent real." He notes that Auburn assistant coaches Tommy Thigpen and Trooper Taylor are doing a good job recruiting him for the Tigers.
At a recent seven-on-seven event in Pittsburgh, Pike and Rippy were standout performers for their team called the Goon Squad. Rippy hooked up with another seven-on-seven team for a Badger Sports event held last week at Homewood, Ala., on the campus of Samford University.
Rippy notes his team didn't play particularly well at the event, but the trip to Alabama was memorable for another reason. He and his teammates headed to a tornado damaged area, Pratt City in the Birmingham area, and volunteered to help with the cleanup effort.
The football player recalls that the scene he witnessed is something he will not forget. "That was devastating," he says.
He notes as soon as he got there, Rippy was asked to take donated clothes and sort them into bags to help the tornado victims. "Anything we could do to help was fine," he says.
Rippy notes that he was impressed with the positive attitude he found in the disaster area. "To see that happen in a community and everyone being so happy and coming together, it was great," he says. "I took a lot of pictures and video and it was just...you hear about it on TV news and I am sure there are a lot of kids in my area who are thinking it was just a tornado, but seeing it in person it was just devastating."
Rippy has already visited another SEC school, Florida, and notes that he is considering the Gators, but says, "I really don't have a list of top schools." He adds that he has heard that he is supposed to be a lock for the Gators, but says although he really likes Florida it is too early to know where he is going to college and that he plans to check out more schools over the spring and summer.
With an outgoing personality the four-star linebacker says that his grades are good and he is interested in going into pre-law, political science or a sports management curriculum as a college student. "My grandma thinks politics is good for me because I like to argue my way out of things," he says with a laugh.
The linebacker notes he should have a list of favorite colleges by this summer. In the meantime, he plans to lift weights and continue to work on the skills that will help him be a standout football player again this fall.