"I think that my work ethic makes me that much stronger," Rippy said. "I work hard off of the field everyday. If I am more prepared than the rest of the players, then I will clearly have an advantage."
"It is not only about working hard in the weight room, but you have to work hard and do a lot of film study, so you can know what to expect. I try to be ready so I can use my instincts."
"The colleges are recruiting me as a SLB, or as a defensive end," he continued. "They want me to rush the passer. Sort of like that LEO position. I am working hard right now to try and get myself up to around 225 by the start of the season."
Rippy has been getting plenty of recruiting attention, but he has yet to rack up his first official offer.
"Boston College is a school that has been on me for a long time, and they have told me that they are going to offer, they just want to see my ACT score," reported Rippy who currently reports a 3.6 GPA and a 3.2 core GPA. "Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Duke, Connecticut and Ohio State are schools that are up there for me now."
Rippy was recently paid a visit by Ohio State, and he received some good news.
"I was invited to attend a session of Ohio State's spring practice," Rippy reported. "Coach Heacock came in to my school and talked to me for awhile. It was pretty cool. I really enjoyed meeting him. We sat around, talked football, and watched some game films."
As a junior, Rippy set his school record by racking up 148 tackles. He also added nine sacks to earn All-District and All-City honors.