Checking In With Doug Rippy

A month ago today, linebacker Doug Rippy let it be known he was committed to playing football at Colorado. Rippy was one of four prospects who originally committed to Nebraska before changing their mind in the wake of coaching turnover in Lincoln. One of those four has since returned his pledge to Nebraska. What is Rippy thinking these days?

Doug Rippy admits he'll be glad when the recruiting cycle is over and he has signed his letter of intent. He's looking forward to a quieter cell phone, for one thing.

"Especially when reporters keep calling," Rippy told this, umm, reporter on Friday, "it gets kind of hectic. Then they're calling your mom's cell phone if they can't get in contact with you. Maaaan."

(Note to self: Lose Doug Rippy's mom's number...)

Rippy laughed, then added, "But, I mean, it was a fun process to go through."

That process included an early verbal commitment to Nebraska, back in June.

Rippy, a 6-2, 220-pounder with good speed, attends Trotwood-Madison High just outside Dayton, Ohio, this year. He and his mother moved from Columbus, Ohio, prior to the school year to find a better environment. At Trotwood-Madison this past fall, he played under Maurice Douglass, a coach who played several years in the NFL.

As the summer wore on, Rippy racked up scholarship offers, and as the fall wore on, it became apparent a coaching change at Nebraska was in the works. The linebacker prospect visited Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and contemplated trips to West Virginia and Louisville, too.

Colorado convinced Rippy to join, among others, Bryce Givens and Josh Williams – two players who were also looking around after pledging to the Bill Callahan-led Cornhuskers — on a recruiting trip to Boulder on the second weekend of December.

"It's a beautiful college town," Rippy said about CU. "I went to a couple other places, but nothing is like Colorado. I just think it's a good place to be – especially with the academics."

He committed to the CU coaches shortly thereafter. So did Givens and Williams, though Williams recently had another change of heart. Linebacker Shaun Mohler is the other former Nebraska commit who switched his pledge to the Buffs late in 2007.

On Rippy's visit, senior outside linebacker Brad Jones was Rippy's host. Rippy said the CU coaches want him to play the outside ‘backer position. And it turns out, CU linebacker coach Brian Cabral and Douglass, Rippy's high school coach, were teammates on the Chicago Bears in 1986. It was Cabral's final season and Douglass' rookie season.

But Douglass kept an even tone during Rippy's recruiting.

"Coach ‘Doug' was basically saying it was my decision," Rippy said. "He wasn't pressuring me to go anywhere."

As you can imagine, Rippy's phone hasn't stopped ringing since he switched his verbal commitment to Colorado. Rippy said members of the new Nebraska staff have been in contact.

"They called me plenty of times," Rippy said. "They were basically seeing if I was right about my decision, which I know I am."

Rippy never actually took an official recruiting trip to Lincoln. With that in mind, he said NU coaches have extended that offer. It's one he's turned down.

"They tried to get me to come up on a visit, but I'm not," Rippy said Friday.

Then he added, "I don't want to start any rumors."

After all, that would mean more phone calls.

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