Slingin’ It like Uncle Mark

Boise State got a huge boost to their 2015 recruiting class when Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park four-star quarterback Brett Rypien, ranked No. 9 nationally, committed to the Broncos on Saturday.

Rypien committed to Boise State after having offers from schools like Washington State, Washington, Oregon State and Mississippi State.

The surprising aspect was that Washington State didn’t pull in Rypien. Not only was he from Eastern Washington, but he had family ties to the Cougars, with his mom a WSU alum and he’s the nephew of former Washington State and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien.

The more apt comparison is to another Evergreen State passer.  Rypien will be the highest ranked quarterback Boise State has ever landed, and he’s the first four-star quarterback they’ll have pulled in since 2007.  That year, another Washington native signed with the Broncos and all Kellen Moore did was go 50-3 as the starter for the Broncos.  Rypien was more highly touted at the same stage and the two were putting up similar numbers at the same level of football in Washington, so there will be some comparisons.

Many assumed that Rypien would follow in his uncle’s footsteps and end up at Washington State, but Rypien chose Boise State and is the first big offensive land for new coach Bryan Harsin.  Rypien has already been active on social media recruiting others and is a tremendous start for the Broncos in their 2015 class.  

The Scouting Report: Rypien is one of the most polished quarterbacks in the West, part of a heralded crop in the class. Accurate and efficient, Rypien shows great pocket poise and presence, can throw on the run and is as consistent a quarterback you’ll find.  He’s still a little on the slight side, and needs to add some weight, but is tough on the occasions he’s hit and pops back up.  Rypien has great intangibles and real command of the huddle.

Overall, this is a gigantic pull for Boise State, from a talent and depth standpoint and also from the point that it will only help recruiting going forward.