Louisville leading for Ohio linebacker?

Scout.com three-star linebacker Doug Rippy's stock continues to rise after a trio of All-Combine performances. InsideTheVille.com spoke with the Columbus, Ohio prospect and has the latest, including junior highlights...

Despite playing football for the first time last fall, Columbus (Oh.) Linden-McKinley linebacker Doug Rippy still managed to set a new school record with 148 total tackles. He also added nine sacks to earn All-District and All-City honors.

"It's all about hard work," Rippy told InsideTheVille.com on Monday. "I believe in having a strong work ethic in the weight room and with film study. I watch a lot of film so I can see my weaknesses and then try to improve."

The hard work and determination to improve has started to pay dividends for the 6-foot-2, 217-pound strong side linebacker. He drew the attention of Scout.com recruiting analysts at the U.S. Army All-American combine and was selected as a 2nd Team All-Combine performer. He followed that up with 1st Team All-Combine outings at Scout.com's stops at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

However, with no highlight film to send out to different schools until just recently, the interest from college coaches seemed to just trickle in for the Scout.com three-star prospect. With his video now out and being viewed by college coaches, plus his strong combine outings, interest has started to grow.

"I'm still waiting to hear back from the schools," Rippy said. "A lot of them just got back in the office on Monday and are just now watching my video, so I'll probably start to hear more on Tuesday."

Illinois and Michigan State have already extended verbal offers, while others such as Akron, Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami of Ohio, Louisville, Ohio State, Pittsburgh are expressing recent interest.

LB Doug Rippy
"My coach actually got a text message from Louisville's coach [Monday], but he didn't want to tell me what it said yet, so I'll find out tomorrow," Rippy said. "I hope it's saying that are going to offer."

U of L defensive coordinator Mike Cassity is serving as Rippy's primary recruiter and has expressed the programs strong interest.

"He really wanted me to come down there this summer so I can meet the head coach, but he said that he and the head coach might come up here to visit with me at some point," Rippy explained. "We're definitely going to visit Louisville this summer though."

While he waits for word on Louisville's potential offer, as well as those likely to come from a number of others, Rippy does list a few early favorites.

"I really like Michigan State right now, but if Louisville were to offer they would probably be the team to beat," Rippy said. "They only lost to Rutgers last year and should be real good this year too. "

A preseason decision is also likely for Rippy.

"I'm going to commit early," Rippy said. "I'd say that I'll make my decision around mid to late June."

Rippy plans to attend a few camps during the month of June, with Michigan State and Ohio State likely destinations.



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