BOISE, Idaho – Prep quarterback Brett Rypien (Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park HS) has signed a financial aid agreement (FAA) with Boise State, the school announced Tuesday morning.
Rypien, who is on pace to receive his high-school diploma a semester early, plans to begin attending classes at Boise State during the 2015 spring semester.
“Brett is a phenomenal quarterback, a great student and comes from a wonderful family,” Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin said. “He will be a great ambassador of Bronco Football, and we are excited that we will have him on campus early so that he can begin to acclimate himself to Boise State and participate in spring practices.”
Rated four stars by ESPN, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com, Rypien (6-2/185) is also a consensus top 15 quarterback nationally by the four recruiting services. Rivals rates Rypien eighth nationally at his position, while 247sports has him ninth and ESPN and Scout each have him 14th.
Rypien opened his senior campaign by throwing for 428 yards and eight touchdowns in Shadle Park's 63-14 win over Fife. His eight touchdown passes matched the state record he already shared with former Boise State great Kellen Moore. Rypien also holds the Washington single-game record with 613 passing yards, accomplished last fall.
So far in 2014 he has led Shadle Park to a 3-1 record, most recently throwing for 455 yards and six touchdowns in last Friday's 47-33 win over Central Valley. The performance put Rypien over the 10,000-yard passing pinnacle for his illustrious prep career.
Over his first three seasons, Rypien had already thrown for more than 8,500 yards and 90 touchdowns, breaking the record of 4,965 yards passing in Greater Spokane League games held by his uncle, former NFL quarterback and Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.
Last February he was honored as the 2013 Junior Male Athlete of the Year, as voted by the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters. Rypien, who also plays baseball for Shadle Park, earned the recognition in part due to his performance on the gridiron, throwing for 3,266 yards and 46 touchdowns while leading the Highlanders to a share of the Greater Spokane League (GSL) title and a run to the semifinals of the State 3A Tournament.