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2012 LB generating huge interest

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Class of 2012 linebacker Deaysean Rippy has already received several verbal offers from powerhouse programs and projects as one of Pennsylvania's top rising junior prospects.
It may be fair to say that Rippy is one of the best high school football players in Pennsylvania regardless of class.
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound prospect is being recruited as a linebacker and some big name programs are already tracking him.
This summer Rippy has made trips to Florida, Syracuse, Maryland and Penn State. He said each of those schools did a good job of putting their best foot forward and he will be considering interest from each of them going forward.
For now, though, just three schools are at the front of his mind. Florida, Pitt and Ohio State are his leaders.
"Florida has a real nice campus. I would definitely consider Florida as a place I would attend," Rippy said. "It's definitely a beautiful campus. They verbally offered me a while ago.
"Besides being close to home I'm comfortable with everything down there at Pitt. I definitely have a high comfort level with Pitt.
"Ohio State ... when I was a little kid the Buckeyes were one of those good college teams. I haven't visited the campus yet but I plan on visiting before I go back to school in the next week or two."
In all Rippy has verbal offers from those three schools, plus West Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland and Penn State.
"So far they all like me for linebacker," he explained. "I went down to Florida to visit their campus and my recruiting coordinator, coach Austin, was talking to my grandma. You know how parents and grandparents can be. She was like, 'You know he plays offense, right?'
"He was like, 'No, no no, we're getting him for linebacker.
"I love playing defense. We have a new coach and he's going to put me at receiver a little, and maybe fullback and stuff sometimes, but I would prefer to play defense in college."
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