April 22, 2011

Rippy anxious for a return to SU

McKees Rocks (Pa.) linebacker Deaysean Rippy is one of the top linebacker recruits in the east with an offer list to prove it. With schools still coming in and offering the Syracuse Orange have already been around for awhile to get him thinking Orange.

"Syracuse offered me probably over a year ago, they were my seventh or eighth offer," Rippy said. "At the time I did not know much about the school and I had never been up there."

Has the 6-foot-2, 198 pound Rippy had a chance to for a new opinion on Syracuse?

"Last year I did make it up and it was a nice campus, nice little small town. My thoughts are still kind of the same. I will be taking a visit up there soon. I am kind of anxious to get back up there and see how it feels."

His trip last summer was not one that he could really form an opinion on.

"It really was not that much of a visit we went up there for camp and worked out. I was only up there for a day and we mainly stayed in the dorms, the cafeteria, and out to the field. Overall I liked the coaches."

He was supposed to make a trip up to Syracuse for a practice this spring, but a change in venue led to him not coming up.

"This spring I have not made it up yet. I was supposed to for one of the spring practices, but they ended up going to Rochester for a practice and we decided not to go."

When he was on campus for camp last year he had a chance to show off his skills in front of the coaches and they really liked what they saw.

"They liked the way that I played and they told my coach that they would love to have me. They said that I play well in coverage and good hands for receiver."

On Rivals.com Rippy is listed as an outside linebacker, but at Syracuse he could have his role expanded.

"Syracuse is looking for me to play outside linebacker, well an outside linebacker safety hybrid."

One other factor that Syracuse has going for it is the relationship Rippy has with his recruiting coach.

"Coach Dan Conley is recruiting me. He is pretty much family through our head coach."

Now after having an offer for over a year where exactly does Syracuse stand for the Keystone State product?

"They are definitely one of my top schools. I really do not get into favorites I am open to everybody, so it is really going to be kind of hard to decide where I will spend the next four or five years."

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