Who's the best running back in Ohio this year? The conversation surrounding that question usually starts with Dayton Chaminade-Julienne's Javon Ringer. The electric, elusive and explosive back has rushed for over 2,000 yards in each of the last two seasons, and the powerhouse football programs have started to notice.
"Iowa's already offered," Javon said. "Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State are all coming in. I'll be at the Ohio State Nike Camp. Over the summer, I'll go to Michigan and Ohio State camp."
Interestingly enough, Ringer is not checking out what any school is sending him, but that isn't because he doesn't want to hear what they have to say. Instead, he's waiting until his grades are where they need to be first.
"You know what? I am really not looking at the letters right now," he said. "I do not want to look at them until I am sure of my grades, and then it will be a reward."
Like his teammate Brandon Harrison, Ringer is a track runner, but Javon seems a bit more lukewarm on running this year.
"Track is okay," he said. "I'm not real crazy about it and I'm thinking about running, but I really want to stay in the weight room. That's more important right now."
There's been some talk about Javon Ringer's size. He addressed that subject.
"Right now, I am 202," he said. "I don't want to get much bigger right now. I don't want to get too big yet. I want to get stronger, I just don't necessarily want to get bigger."
Two of the players he has been compared to are also players he looks up to.
"Barry Sanders and Walter Payton are my idols," he said.
Javon Ringer realizes he has some work to do before getting to where he wants to be, but no one is working harder to get there, particularly in the classroom.
"I am working so hard," he said. "I want to concentrate on the weights. I just want to lift and get my academics together.
"I am not going to be a statistic."