WSU Recruiting Notebook: Rypien Watch

PULLMAN -- Mike Leach might be getting his 2015 quarterback soon, within a week of when he landed his QB in last year's class. Spokane 4-star QB Brett Rypien has said he'll take one last unofficial trip, to Boise State this weekend, and make his decision soon after that. Meanwhile, Cougar assistant coach Clay McGuire talks o-line recruiting with CF.C.

The Cougs have two known offers out to quarterbacks and one of them came off the board this week. Jake Browning out of Folsom, Calif., pledged Washington only 24 hours after he tripped to Washington State for an unofficial visit. Both Browning and Rypien are rated four stars and among the top 10 prep QBs in the nation.

Rypien, out of Spokane's Shadle Park High, was offered this recruiting cycle by WSU, UW, Oregon State, Boise State, Colorado State, Idaho and Mississippi State. During his unofficial to WSU back on March 9, he had glowing things to say about his time out on the Palouse, specifically his one-on-one time with head man Mike Leach.

"We talked mostly football stuff – their system, you know, how I'm going to fit into that, what it's going to be like when I come here. You know, that's what I love about Coach Leach. He's not going to lie to you ever, he's just going to tell you straight up how it is. He says you're going to have to earn your position. I mean, honestly I really like that in a coach," said Rypien.

Rypien is coming off a huge junior season, where he threw for 4,086 yards and 57 touchdowns. He also set the WIAA state record when he threw for 613 yards and eight touchdowns this year against Mt. Spokane.

LAST YEAR, QB Peyton Bender verballed right around this time to the Cougs, on March 30. And Rypien's decision could come anytime after this weekend.

But if Rypien stretches things out and/or decides on another school, CougFans shouldn't necessarily start shaking their fists at the sky. Keep in mind, Leach landed his class of '13 quarterback on June 13 - and Tyler Bruggman has done nothing but impress headed into his redshirt-freshman season.

ELSEWHERE IN RECRUITING ORBIT, WSU recently extended a scholarship offer to 6-6, 320-pound offensive tackle Isaiah Trevino. The Kingsburg, Calif., product also holds offers from Arizona, Fresno State, and Hawaii and is receiving interest from Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, UW and several other schools.

Another offensive lineman to keep an eye out for is Portland OT Blake Brandel. The 6-7, 250-pounder doesn't have a crimson scholie at last check but does hold an offer from Oregon State. He told CF.C on Monday night that he's been in regular communication with Washington State offensive line coach Clay McGuire.

Speaking of McGuire, the Cougs have offered a known 46 prospects classified by as an offensive lineman.

That's a lot, considering we have yet to even begin the May Evaluation period.

Coaches of course can't speak about specific recruits but they can talk generally about recruiting. So in an interview with CF.C in Pullman this past Friday afternoon, McGuire said the offers to offensive lineman will continue to roll on out and that he's been enjoying getting to know recruits from all over the country early on this cycle.

"You know, we're looking for long, tall and athletic guys," McGuire said. "We feel we have a great nutrition program here and when you can find tall guys who played basketball in high school, it seems to work out. When you can find the Karl Malone-looking guys, it's great. On top of that, we're looking for guys who have a competitive nature.

"The guys we want is a physical kid that loves to compete. It's going great right now. I think we've reached out to a lot of good prospects and we're excited to get out there and get five or six of them for this year's class."

OVER ON DEFENSE,'s Derek Young reports Washington State coaches are in pursuit of Lawton, Okla., defensive back Darreyl Patterson. The 6-0, 165-pound prospect, who holds offers from Kansas State, North Texas, Tulsa and Wyoming in addition to Washington State, told Young he's liking the aggressiveness the WSU staff is showing early on.

"Tulsa and Washington State are recruiting me the hardest," Patterson said. "I don't know a whole lot about Washington State but they want to make me a priority. I really like the style of defense they use out there. They really want me to come play for them and they've told me they'll have me take an official visit out there during my senior year."

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