Deaysean Rippy is a key for the Panthers defense.
The 4-star recruit from Sto-Rox High School is the teammate of current Panther Drew Carswell and projects best as an athletic outside linebacker.
Rippy's athleticism allows him to cover plenty of ground, and he could help add more talent to a young linebacking corps.
Rippy is a competitor, although he will need to add bulk since he's currently only 6'2", 210 pounds and isn't fast enough to play safety. Despite his lack of bulk, his tackling ability and pass-rushing potential could get him into some packages early in his college career.
To land Rippy, the Panthers will need to beat out USC, Michigan, Ohio State, West Virginia and Alabama, who have all offered him scholarships.
Rippy could immediately force his way into the rotation at linebacker.