Eagle's Landing High center Desmond Ringer
By Derrick Mahone
Receiving scholarship offers from mid-major programs Jacksonville and Mercer was the start of the recruiting process for Eagle's Landing center Desmond Ringer a couple years ago.
With an offer earlier this week from NCAA Tournament participant Marquette, the 6-foot-8 junior believes recruiting is about to take off.
"I feel good about this offer, and it shows my hard work is finally about to pay off," Ringer said. "Jacksonville and Mercer are good schools, but getting an offer from a high D-1 program is very special. I know I still got some work to do.
"I feel like this is a start for me with more offers to come. I believe things will start to turn up. I'm just going to let God guide me through this process."
Ringer spent the last two weeks of July with his AAU teammates playing in tournaments in Orlando for the Georgia Stars 16-and-under squad. He said he played well, but realizes that he has some aspects of his game to work on.
He is considered a a four-star prospect by ESPN Recruiting Services.
Ringer is rated as the No. 58 prospect in this season's junior class, and the fifth-best power forward in his class.
"I think I played OK in Orlando," Ringer said. "I think I will take full advantage of that opportunity next year. When I go back, I know I will bring my A-game."
Ringer said he is still rehabbing his knee which sidelined him for several games this past season at Eagle's Landing, which made the Class AAA final four. He was able to return to play in all the Golden Eagles playoff games.
"It is getting a lot better," Ringer said of his knee.
The Golden Eagles will be trying to defend their Region 4-AAA championship this coming season. Eagle's Landing won 11 of its last 13 games, including at one time a going on a 10 game winning streak, before its season ended with a 72-47 loss to Columbia in the state semifinals in Macon.
With an upgraded schedule that includes late December tournaments in Charleston, S.C., and Alabama, Ringer said he is excited about eh upcoming season.
"Coach Crump has really challenged us this season," Ringer said. "He has given us more competition. We have our work cut out for us, and it will be important for us to all be on the same page."