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44 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Ronald Triplette

In which BracketCat counts down the 44th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Ronald Triplette.

#44 Kyle Ball
Freshman defensive end Ronald Triplette likely will step into the figurative shoes and literal jersey number of graduated senior Kyle Ball (44).
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Disclaimer: As the 2020 current football season still is technically set to proceed as planned in Manhattan on Sept. 5, we will continue the Countdown as normal for now.

Ronald Triplette

True Freshman | 6-3 | 260 lbs. | Pearland, Texas
Ronald Triplette
Ronald Triplette
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Ronald J. Triplette (b. Nov. 20, 2001) is a explosive, powerful strongside defensive end from Shadow Creek High School in Pearland, Texas who is majoring in business administration.

Triplette played under head coach Brad Butler at Shadow Creek, where he was regarded as the 72nd-best strongside defensive end in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports.

He was named to the preseason VYPE’s Super 70 list as one of the top prep players in the Houston area — checking in at No. 24 — while he was No. 23 in VYPE’s newest rankings.

Triplette tallied 110 tackles with 30 tackles for loss and six sacks during the final two seasons of his prep career, including 57 tackles and 17 tackles for loss to help to lead the Sharks to a 16-0 record and a Class 5A Division I State Championship.

He was a high school teammate of fellow K-State freshman defender Jay Harris.

Triplette picked K-State over offers from Air Force, Charlotte, Colorado State, Florida International, Incarnate Word, Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss, Tulsa and Utah State.

He also attracted interest from Colorado, Houston, North Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Wisconsin. Triplette’s recruiter was assistant head coach/cornerbacks coach Van Malone.

Head coach Chris Klieman said Triplette is capable of lining up at either defensive end or defensive tackle, depending on the defensive alignment:

“We love his athleticism, so we’ll see where his body goes. He can play defensive tackle in a speed package right now, like we do against a lot of the spread teams. Where will he go in the next year and a half? That’s what we have to find out, but Tripp’s a really good athlete.

You can learn more about what Triplette brings to the table in our 2019 recruiting profile.