Rippy a Strong Performer

Columbus Linden-McKinley junior linebacker Doug Rippy continued his fine off-season work with a very impressive showing at the combine in Cincinnati. Although individual testing was not done because of poor weather conditions, Rippy stood out as a top performer in the linebacker drills.

The Ohio linebacker class for 2007 figures to be very deep and supremely talented. Columbus Linden-McKinley junior Doug Rippy might not the highest publicized of the group but he's clearly among the most talented.

Rippy opened the eyes of college recruiters by registering a school record 148 tackles to go along with 9 sacks in 2006. He continued to shine at the U.S. Junior Combine in San Antonio in January. Rippy was one of the top performers at the combine in Cincinnati.

"The weather wasn't real good but I didn't care about that," Rippy said. "All I wanted to do was do the best I could and not worry about the weather conditions. Most schools see me as a strong-side linebacker. I wanted to work on my coverage skills and I think I did pretty good. I think my strength is rushing the passer and getting to the football, so I wanted to see how my covering ability would stack up."

Rippy is starting to draw interest from college recruiters and figures to be a heavily recruited player over the next few months.

"My film is just getting out there now and the colleges are starting to notice," he noted. "My coach is handling my recruiting. I'm hearing from Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Boston College, Purdue, Illinois and Ohio State. There are others too but those are the schools I'm really interested in right now. A lot of colleges have said they will be visiting my high school this spring to see my head coach about me."

Where do things stand with Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes?

"I was at the Ohio State game against Bowling Green last season," Rippy explained. "I really liked the atmosphere and the whole experience. Coach [Jim] Heacock was at my school to talk with my coach about me already. He invited me to come to spring practice. We get along really well. It was real nice to be able to talk with him and actually watch film together. He said he would be back to my school in May when the coaches were allowed to visit. He said they want to see me perform in camp and make a decision then."

Rippy has faired very well so far in his camp appearances and has plans to attend a few more this spring and summer.

"I'm still setting my camp schedule right now but I know I'll be at the Scout combine in Pittsburgh on May 6th," Rippy said. "I'll be going to Ohio State's camp in June and to Michigan's camp also. There probably will be a few more too."

Rippy stands 6' 2" and weighs 217 pounds. He ran a 4.6 forty-yard dash at a Columbus combine last month. He hopes to play at 225 pounds next year. Even though his junior year was cut short by a deep thigh bruise Rippy played well enough to earn All-City and All-District honors.

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