Deaysean Rippy
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The Colorado Buffaloes are expected to have a Rippy on their roster once again with an incoming transfer of Pittsburgh redshirt linebacker Deaysean Rippy.

CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reports that the transfer is almost done for the 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker saying "Colorado is close to finalizing paperwork for Pitt linebacker Deaysean Rippy to enter school as a transfer with 2014 eligibility, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Rippy should join the Buffs barring an unforeseen development, the source said, but the move is not yet done."

Rippy is the cousin of former Colorado linebacker Doug Rippy, who was released in May by the Denver Broncos after playing for the Buffs. Deaysean Rippy was a highly-touted recruit in the 2012 class, signing with Pittsburgh following his senior season at Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pa. He was Rivals' No. 21 outside linebacker for 2012 and the No. 9 player in the state of Pennsylvania.

Rippy was rated as a four-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout and had more than 150 total tackles and 16 sacks over his junior and senior seasons. He also had strong numbers on the offensive side of the ball, posting 906 yards and 12 touchdowns at wide receiver.


Rippy was recruited by Colorado for 2012, but chose the Panthers over the Buffs and reported offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, West Virginia, Arizona and USC, among others. He redshirted last season and told the Tribune-Review he was leaving Pittsburgh in May, saying, "I was on the verge of being sure. I was kind of overwhelmed. I was an 18-year-old kid at the time. That's a lot of pressure."

Rippy was not on Pittsburgh's two-deep depth chart after the end of spring practice. The linebacker (No. 11 in the video of junior highlights above) would sit out the 2013 season and join the Buffs in 2014, once the transfer is finalized.