Ringer has been having an outstanding season so far, proving that his decisions have been the right ones. Last weekend alone, Ringer ran for 374 yards on 28 rushes and 5 touchdowns...in just THREE quarters. The week before that he ran for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns, not including a kickoff returned 98 yards for another touchdown. Through his six games this season, Javon has 1600 yards rushing and 19 TDs. What else can one say but, WOW. It's obvious this kid has skills.
What you probably haven't heard is that for several games this season, Ringer was hurt. Coach Place told me that Javon had hurt his right arm early in the season and that had affected his performance and how he carried the ball. Now that he has healed, dominance like this past Saturday should be more of the norm. Ringer also ran for over 2,000 yards in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
What about Ringer's top schools? Many familiar with the situation consider Javon to be a lock to the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Coach Place had a few comments on that subject. "Ohio State is definitely in the lead. That is what he is most interested in. But, I wouldn't say that the door is shut." Whether that is because the Buckeyes have yet to offer remains to be seen. Could it be that the Buckeyes have their sights set on other backs? In my opinion, that is a possibility.
It has been known for quite some time that Jacksonville Sandalwood running back, Maurice Wells has had the Buckeyes high atop his list and rumors circulating down south are that Wells is Tressel's prize. If that is the case and Wells does indeed commit to Ohio State, that could leave Ringer without his offer and make another school very happy.
The other schools in the mix for Ringer's services are Florida, Tennessee, and Michigan. These may be a bit dated, as Ringer hasn't talked in a while. However, this is what Javon had to say about his offer from Florida: "My newest offer kind of complicates things though. I am excited about it 'cause I didn't think anybody down there knew about me." (InsideKentucky.com July 16, 2004)
Coach Place considers Ringer to be that every down kind of back for which many teams look. "He's very strong. He won the Ohio Power lifting contest. He had the best squat of anybody in the thing. He benches 350 and runs a 10.6 100 meters. But most importantly, he has that great inner drive. He'll do anything you ask. He blocks...he could come in and play special teams right away." Ringer is a guy that we need to keep our eyes on. He could become the unexpected member of the UF class that seems to happen every year.