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Sto-Rox star serves as cautionary tale for recruits

Kevin Gorman
| Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012

Deaysean Rippy appears to be the enigma of the Class of 2012, and the Sto-Rox senior should serve as a cautionary tale for recruits.

A four-star prospect, Rippy had a scholarship offer withdrawn from the school he was going to choose. He is engaging, yet difficult to read; athletic, yet without a true position. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he has the speed to rush the passer and can cover like a corner. What's difficult to project is if he's a linebacker or safety. Rippy was selected a Semper Fidelis All-American but not to the Tribune-Review Terrific 25. Some believe he has a world of potential, yet wonder why he was near-invisible in the WPIAL Class A final.

That boom-or-bust possibility is one reason recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels calls Rippy "the most intriguing" prospect in the WPIAL.

"He's got four-star potential but sometimes plays like a three-star," Lichtenfels said. "Coaches either see it or they don't and think he's overrated. We all saw him enough to like him and rank him as one of the top 25 at his position. He's got a chance in college to become a pretty good football player. He's also got a chance to disappear and not do anything."

Rippy has reduced his college choice to three schools -- Arizona, Pitt and West Virginia -- and plans to sit down today with his grandmother, Marian Rowe, Sto-Rox coach Ron Butschle and other confidants to make a decision.

Rippy was ready to commit to Florida this past summer before the Gators told him they had already taken their allotment of linebackers. He also received interest from Pac-12 schools such as Colorado and Southern Cal.

"It's been difficult because, first of all, there's been so many schools involved from last spring to now - every conference in the country," Butschle said. "The situation with Florida was a not a real good deal for Deaysean or any of us. I was real disappointed with the way it went down."

Butschle defended Rippy's play this past season, when the Vikings had a 2,000-yard passer in Lenny Williams, a 1,300-yard rusher in Josh Beverly and playmaking receivers in Pitt recruit Marzett Geter and Syracuse recruit Dontez Ford. Rippy had 24 receptions for 396 yards and seven touchdowns.

"During the season, I didn't think too much about his individual play," Butschle said. "He did what we asked him to do on both sides of the ball. We recognize his strengths. Defensively, he's one of the best edge-rush guys I've been around. He has the speed to rush the passer and chase them down.

"Some people may not think he's dominant, but he has the potential to be a great player down the road. I've had some schools say he'd never make it and some say he'll be a difference-maker."

The rest is up to Rippy.


Sto-Rox cornerback Marzett Geter , the first player to give a verbal commitment to Pitt from the Class of 2012, had his scholarship offer pulled by Panthers coach Paul Chryst on Thursday following a critical post on Twitter.

When Ryan Lewis became the fourth cornerback to commit to the Panthers, Geter tweeted, "Another corner commits. I'm not liking this at all" and suggested Pitt was "wasting" scholarships.

It wasn't a surprising move, considering Sto-Rox coach Ron Butschle said it was "up in the air" whether Geter would academically qualify for freshman eligibility. Geter backtracked later Thursday: "Would never say anything about #Pitt. It's My #1 school. I love that school with a passion. Seriously! #H2P. Let's get Stronger."

Geter is the second BCS-caliber cornerback recruit in a week to lose a scholarship in the aftermath of a Twitter post. New Jersey perennial power Don Bosco Prep expelled cornerback Yuri Wright and Michigan withdrew it scholarship offer following racially and sexually offensive comments he tweeted. Soon after, Wright committed to Colorado.

"It's not going to remedy his situation at Pitt, but I just don't want people to think Marzett is a poor character because he's not," Butschle said of Geter, who visited Slippery Rock on Saturday. "He's a good kid who made a mistake. He understands the mistake and the consequences for being irresponsible on social media without really thinking."

• Chartiers Valley's Niko Mamula , a 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman who was a two-way selection to the All-Big 8 Conference, has given a verbal commitment to play football at Dartmouth of the Ivy League.

• New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien landed a quarterback recruit this past week when Steven Bench of Cairo, Ga., switched his commitment from Rice to Penn State. It didn't take long, however, for Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg to switch from the Nittany Lions to Florida. His father, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg , played at Montana with new Gators play-caller Brent Pease .

• Monessen's Chavas Rawlins is a hot junior prospect. The junior quarterback-defensive back received a scholarship offer from Pitt, just a week after getting one from Akron.

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