It has been a senior season of adversity of Clayton (OH) Northmont star Kaleb Ringer. Preparation for his final prep campaign got off to a painful start when he broke his hand in a preseason scrimmage. Not surprisingly, the Michigan commit quickly willed himself back in lineup and took similarly little time resuming his havoc-wreaking ways. In his first four games he notched 57 tackles, including a 24-tackle (11 solo) effort versus Beaver Creek. Unfortunately the injury bug hit him again before his fifth contest, this time in the form of a sprained MCL. His absence from the lineup over the last few weeks fueled a recent rumor that he had been kicked off of his team. He put that erroneous chatter to rest this morning after completing the ACT.
“I’m not kicked off the team,” Ringer said matter-of-factly. “I sat out of one game (a few weeks ago) and then went to the doctor and got an MRI. I found out I had a sprained knee. Basically the doctor, the coaches, and my family all just decided that I was going to sit out the rest of the season because at the time it happened we were 2-5. We weren’t competing for a conference championship, we weren’t competing for a trip to the playoffs, and we only had three games left."
“There’s been a lot rumors going around because I’m missing games, but I’m on the sideline. We lost last night so now we’re 3-6. We’ve got one more game, and I’ll be on the sideline.”
The future Wolverine reported that Michigan assistant Mark Smith was at Northmont on Tuesday and that he is on track to begin his college career in January as an early enrollee. That was yet another factor in the decision to spend the rest of the high school season on the sideline.
“I could’ve played on my knee, but I didn’t want to risk further injury,” Ringer explained. (My doctors and my coaches put a lot of thought into it. They said since you’re going (to enroll) mid-year, you might as well let it heal up completely so it’s fine once you go to Michigan.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for Ringer’s abbreviated senior season highlights in the weeks to come.