January 18, 2008

Still on board with the Buffaloes

In today's world of college football recruiting, if you don't continue to recruit your committed prospects like they are uncommitted, there is a good chance you could lose that pledge.

Since switching his commitment from Nebraska to Colorado in mid-December, Doug Rippy has continued to get recruited by other programs. That includes the Cornhuskers.

But unlike Josh Williams, it does not appear that Rippy will be switching back his pledge. "I am committed to Colorado," Rippy stated.

"No, I'm done with all of that," Rippy added when asked if he planned to take any more visits.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound linebacker from Trotwood (Ohio) Madison hosted two Colorado coaches at his home on Monday evening. Running backs coach Darian Hagan and defensive coordinator Ron Collins both stopped by.

"It went real good," Rippy said of the in-home visit. "I knew everything about it (CU), and I knew what the coaches were all about. It was just for my mom. It gave her an opportunity to ask questions. She loved it. She likes all the coaches. She felt they presented themselves well. She just had a good time with it."

What sold Rippy on the Buffaloes?

"The academics were a big part of it, Colorado is one of the top academic institutions in the country," he said. "The coaching staff there is great. Just being around the players and all the people out there on my visit was great, too. I just felt like it was the best place for me to go."

Rippy spent time playing the Mike linebacker, Sam linebacker and Will linebacker in high school. He also played a little bit of defensive end. "I played the most at Will linebacker and that is where Colorado most likely sees me playing," Rippy said. "They said I could fit in at either Will or Sam."

Rippy earned first-team all-conference and first-team all-district honors this season as a senior. He is ranked by Rivals.com as the 26th best prospect from the talent rich Buckeye State this cycle.

"I just want to learn more about the game," he said when asked what he wants to improve on as a player before getting to college. "I feel like I am athletic enough to do just about anything on the football field but this was only my second year playing the game so I still have a lot to learn."

Rippy is currently playing basketball. His team is off to an impressive 12-2 start.

Rippy's close friend and teammate Chris Freeman, a 6-foot-9, 325-pound offensive tackle, projects as one of the top prospects in Ohio for the Class of 2009. Both have talked about playing together at the college level. "But he is going to go through the recruiting process," said Rippy. "He wants us to play together but I told him, 'I don't want you to be unhappy'. I told him to go through the whole recruiting process and if Colorado is right for him, then that is where he should go."

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