KISSIMMEE, Fla. - More than half of the prospects participating in ESPN Rise's Gridiron Kings have already pledged to future colleges. That is not the case for McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto Rox outside linebacker Deaysean Rippy.
"I have 30-plus offers but don't have a top five or top ten yet," Rippy said. "Hopefully in two weeks I will have a better idea of where I want to go and go from there. My goal is to have it to at least five or eight and then chop it down the rest of the way."
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound linebacker shared what he is looking for in his future home.
"Every school is going to have a pro and con," Rippy said. "I am going to look at athletics first and foremost and then it is going to be the education it provides, hopefully playing time if I can, the environment, and how the coaches handle their programs. Distance won't be a factor, I think if you have the opportunity to get away then why not get away."
The Rivals250 prospect has previously visited Alabama Auburn, Florida, Rutgers, Syracuse, and SMU. Much like his current list of top schools, he wasn't giving away much with regards to his recent visits.
"Every visit that I have taken has been a good one," Rippy said. "I've enjoyed seeing schools and learning more about them. It will help me when I am making decisions."
As for upcoming trips, Rippy said he expects to visit West Virginia on the 30th of this month.
For now though, he is focusing on helping the Midwest team earn a championship at Disney's Wide World of Sports. He reflected on the first two days of the Gridiron Kings.
"It has been a great experience," Rippy said. "There is a lot of good competition out here. The only choice is to get better. I don't expect nothing less from the rest of the guys out here. We are all amongst the top recruits in the nation. It is good to see some who are going to be your teammates and some who you will be playing against at that level."
Rippy said he is undecided with regards to which major he will pursue in college.