Boise Fits The Bill

***FREE BRONCOCOUNTRY.COM CONTENT*** It wasn't quite love at first sight for Spokane Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien when he visited Boise State last summer for its football camp. Luckily for the Broncos, the second time was the charm.

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After visiting for the Boise State Junior Day on Saturday, the highly touted, four-star junior was overwhelmed by his experience and verbally committed to the Broncos.

"Going into this process, I had three things I was looking for," Brett Rypien said. "Staff, facilities and atmosphere. When I got on campus this time, I really felt like Boise exceeded everything I was looking for. The new (Bleymaier) football facility is absolutely incredible. And the city of Boise, I just fell in love.

"I'm 150 percent committed to Boise. I'm not talking with any other schools. I've stopped my recruitment."

Rypien's commitment scorns some big names on the West Coast. He visited Arizona State, Washington, Oregon State and Washington State before taking his trip to Boise. He also received offers from Colorado State, Mississippi State and Idaho.

Despite some rumblings Rypien was guaranteed certain playing time for his commitment, he disputes that claim.

"Nothing was guaranteed," said Rypien, the nephew of former Washington State star and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien. "Coach (Bryan) Harsin basically told me I'd have to work hard for everything I got. He said I was a great high school QB and that they thought they could help me become a great college QB."

That suits him just fine.

The competitive Rypien never met a challenge he didn't like, whether starting on varsity as a high school freshman or building a team up from 0-9 that first season to 11-2 last year. Rypien threw for 4,086 yards and 57 touchdowns as a junior as Shadle Park reached the Class 3A state semifinals. He broke his own state record for passing yards in a game, with 613 hashes (and 8 TDs) in a game against Mt. Spokane.

"I want to come in, compete for the starting job and win a bunch of games," he said. "That's always been the biggest thing for me is winning. I don't care what kinds of stats I'm getting so long as we're winning."

With the recruiting process over for Rypien – who called it "long, hard and grueling" and admitted to having lost sleep over the stress involved – he plans to devote time to help other juniors choose the Broncos.

"I've already spoken with (fellow 2015 commits) Kyler, (Kyler Manu) and Garrett (Garrett Larson) about calling guys and trying to get some other guys in the state to come to Boise."

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