It is a big name in football circles around Dayton- Ringer. Tennessee Titan and former Michigan State star Javon Ringer starred at Chaminade-Julienne High School, averaging 187 yards a game on the ground during his prep career. Now, one of his nephews may be the next big star at Clayton (Ohio) Northmont.
Kaleb Ringer starts at middle linebacker for the Bolts, as a sophomore. He led the way in Northmont's 13-6 win over Lakota West Friday night.
"We really tried to play physical," Ringer said. "Everyone played their reads, and we did what we were supposed to do."
Kaleb's brother, Korey, starts at running back for Northmont.
"Being a Ringer is a blessing," Kaleb said. "But it can be a burden too. It is a blessing because there are expectations that come with being a Ringer, but it is a burden because you have to live up to those expectations, and I try to live up to that every day."
At 6 feet tall, and a well put together 219 pounds, Ringer wants to play middle linebacker at the next level.
"Playing linebacker is the dream. You are the center of everything, the quarterback of the defense," Kaleb said.
But following in his uncle's footsteps is not part of Kaleb's ultimate dream, at this point.
"I really, really like Ohio State. Being a Buckeye and living in the Buckeye state. UCLA is another team I like. The first letter I ever got was from UCLA."
Kaleb's uncle earned a sterling reputation among Michigan State fans as a team player, twice bringing his offensive line with him to post-game press conference following big performances during the 2008 season.
It appears Kaleb has the same humble approach to his budding stardom. He had this to say about his strengths as a linebacker:
"I just do what I am supposed to do, that is all I can say about that."