May 2, 2010

Making his own name

The Columbus (Ohio) NIKE camp was not only a showcase of rising seniors in the class of 2011 but a place for the next round of players to be seen. Clayton (Ohio) Northmont linebacker Kaleb Ringer already has a familiar name in the recruiting circles being the nephew of former Michigan State great Javon Ringer but the younger Ringer wanted to make it to the camp to make his own name and be able to up his already impressive game.

"It was really good and I learned a lot," Ringer said. "I am just striving to get better like everyone else who came to the camp."

Ringer checks in at 6-foot-0, 219-pounds but already has shown that he is starting to fill in and mature physically. As a class of 2012 prospect Ringer cannot receive any written offers at this time and will not be able to until September 1st of this year. But that hasn't slowed down schools from checking in on him and even the Cincinnati Bearcats from extending a verbal offer to him.

"I have been getting a lot of publicity lately," Ringer said. "I just talked to Iowa a couple of days ago and things are really going well so far."

The Buckeyes have been keeping tabs as well and while the recruiting class of 2012 projects to be a smaller one for Ohio State Jim Tressel and the Buckeye coaches have been very deliberate in making sure that they keep tabs on this in-state star.

"They are saying that they want to see me a lot more and that they want me to come down for their (senior advanced camp)," Ringer said. "The defensive coordinator came down on Friday to check me out."

As more and more schools start to get interested in Ringer are there any schools starting to stick out at this early point of the process?

"Cincinnati and Ohio State," Ringer said.

Teams have been telling Ringer that they really like the level of physicality that he plays with and his intensity and the Buckeyes to date have said that they could see him fitting into their plans of the future if things all turn our right.

"They are talking to me about playing the Mike Linebacker," Ringer said.

The Buckeyes would hate to see another Ringer slip away so keep an eye on Kaleb over the next two years and see for yourself how this one progresses.

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