And a few other schools, specifically in the Pac-12, are also interested in Rypien.
Rypien camped with the Cardinal in July.
"I actually went to their Friday Night Lights and I threw well," said Rypien. "Ricky Town was also there, and I could get a sense of them wanting to offer him, and they did, but it was good to throw down there. When he committed to Alabama, I know I became interested in seeing if they offer someone else. I'm not really quite sure what they'll do next, but it will be interesting with what they do. I'm definitely still interested in them."
Rypien said that while plenty of schools have been showing interest, and there are five schools who have offered, more schools want to see his junior film before pulling the trigger.
"I definitely feel like that makes sense," said Rypien. "A lot of schools have told me they want to see that I show interest in them too. I've had one good season, but they want to see if I'll be back and back it up in the first few games. Hopefully I do and then more offers come in."
His uncle Mark Rypien played at Washington State in the 1980's before leading the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl win.
And with the Cougars being one of the first to offer him, Rypien knows there is a lot of pull for him to go to Pullman.
"I obviously feel a little pressure with my uncle playing there, and my mom went there, and a lot of people in Spokane root for the Cougars," said Rypien. "But they're not going to influence me more than any other. My cousin worked in the office at Alabama so I've always been intrigued by the SEC."
But the Cougars will be a factor no matter what.
"Washington State is definitely going to be an option always," said Rypien. "It's the closest to home. I wouldn't say I'm more leaning to them more than any other school but I'm definitely interested in them."
Mississippi State became the first SEC school to offer Rypien, one he was thrilled to get.
"The Mississippi State was a huge offer to get," said Rypien. "It was really nice to get. Coach Geoff Collins, he was at Alabama before, and my cousin knew him and my cousin said to send him film. I know the system that Coach (Dan) Mullen runs and it's similar to what we run at Shadle. I didn't know a whole lot about him, but looking at his success at Florida and at Mississippi State, he'll play to his ability and they think I'd fit fine in their system. It came out of the blue."
"I talk to Coach (David) Yost a lot and Coach (Mike) Breske and Coach Leach," said Rypien. "Those three guys are recruiting me the most."
Rypien said a whole slew of other schools are schools he's interested in.
"UCLA is one that is definitely up there," said Rypien. "Georgia is another SEC school I'm interested in. Arizona State and Arizona too. I've heard a little from UCLA and it would be nice to get more from them since they're running the same offense with the same terminology that we are."
Utah has also shown some interest in Rypien, with a family connection to offensive coordinator and former Washington State coach Dennis Erickson.
"I've heard a little from Utah and my parents know Dennis Erickson pretty well," said Rypien. "I'm sure I'll hear from them more too."
Rypien said that Washington was the first school to express interest in him.
"Washington was actually the first school to reach out to me," said Rypien. "I've taken two unofficials there and I went to their Junior Day and I think I'll go to the opener against Boise State (Saturday). I have a pretty good relationship with Coach (Peter) Sirmon, who recruits my area. And I've talked with Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) a little bit at Junior Day in their meeting room and he was at the Northwest Elite Camp."
With 18 months to go until he'll sign, Rypien has an ideal timeframe of when he wants to make a decision.
"At the latest, I'm thinking April of next year I'll know where I'm going," said Rypien. "I want to play this season out, see how it goes and evaluate as many schools as I can. I want to take some unofficials in the spring and go to some camps. And then I'll make my decision from there."
Rypien said he's also trying to add weight in the coming months.
"I'm 180 right now, but I want to get up to 190-195 this year," said Rypien.
Rypien is eager for his 2014 campaign to begin.
"We play Rogers in our first game," said Rypien. "We have every single skill player coming back. Our line will rebuilding, but I'm not too worried. They're not huge kids but they're athletic enough to get in people's way. And our defense will be better."
Academically, Rypien has a 4.0 and will take the SAT and ACT as a junior.