Rippy Talks Pitt Junior Day

Four-star linebacker Deaysean Rippy wasn't at Pitt for the entire junior day, but was impressed for the part he was there for.

Todd Graham's staff has not even been in place for two months, but they have quickly established a strong relationship with local four-star linebacker Deaysean Rippy.

Rippy isn't sure how many more junior days or unofficial visits he is going to be able to get to in the spring, but he does know that things are going well with Pitt.

"I met with the receivers coach (Mike Norvell) and the linebackers coach (Keith Patterson)," Rippy said. "I met (tight ends coach) Tony Dews, the speed coach (Shawn Griswold) and the running backs coach (Calvin Magee)."

While some of those coaches he is getting to know quickly, one name he has always known is Pitt defensive backs coach Tony Gibson.

"I've known (Gibson) from day one when he recruited me at Michigan," Rippy said. "We just kept that same bond we have now. It's been good. He coached my mentor, (Pittsburgh Steelers safety) Ryan Mundy. We all stay in touch."

Rippy added that he doesn't follow college basketball that much, but that it was an added bonus to see the Pitt basketball team come up with a win Saturday, that clinched a regular season championship in the Big East.

"Actually, I didn't even know they were playing for the Big East Championship until the other day," Rippy added. "I went up and told coach (Dixon) congratulations."

Graham and company have been talking about their approach of a high-octane, blue-collar, hard-edge mentality. There's an attitude, and a mental toughness that Graham, and co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson want in their defense. Rippy said he picked up some of that talk in some brief meetings about the Pitt defense.

"It was nice," Rippy said. "It's a positive program. If I go there, it's definitely a positive program. I can step in at Pitt and play right away. Coach Graham wants to turn this into a whole new different atmosphere. I'm anxious to see how it is this year."

Rippy wasn't sure if he would get back to any junior days, but he's already given some thought on getting back to some spring practices, Pitt being one of them.

"I am going to get to a couple spring practices; Pitt's spring practice, Ohio State," Rippy said. "I want to get down to Florida, and maybe USC—since they just offered me three or four days ago."

With so many schools around the country that have offered him, Rippy has the ultimate goal of trying to visit all of them to get an impression. Realistically, he knows that might not be possible.

"I think that's what I really want to do," Rippy said. "I probably can't, but I want to try to get to every college that has high interest in me; if they've offered me or sent me letters. That's kind of what I want to do, to compare and contrast (all the schools). I just want to see what each school has, and see each school individually."

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