BOTHELL, Wash. -- It was a busy football season for Brett Rypien (Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park).
When the 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback wasn’t putting together gaudy performances -- he threw for a state-record 577 yards against Spokane Valley (Wash.) Central Valley -- he was starting to experience the stages of the recruiting process.
Only a sophomore, Rypien has already landed an offer from Washington State, giving him the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien.
However, the young standout also traveled across the state for an unofficial visit to Washington in November in addition to receiving early interest from Boise State.
He has the numbers. He has the interest. But he refuses to get complacent.
Last weekend, Rypien traveled across the state to train with some of Washington’s top prospects during a Barton Football Academy workout at Bothell (Wash.) Cedar Park Christian.
“There’s a lot of exposure over here,” Rypien said. “It’s good to get out here and play against some of the best guys in the state, Ross Bowers, Reilly Hennessey. It’s just great competition.”
In addition to working with former Washington quarterback Taylor Barton, Rypien was able to compare himself to the state’s top passing prospects. He was able to throw to an impressive group of receivers, who worked against talented defensive backs.
“Seeing the best competition in the state, that’s what you want,” he said. “In the GSL, we still have pretty good competition, but seeing all these guys and seeing all these great DBs and receivers, it’s just fun.”
Whether he is traveling across the state for workouts or visiting college camps later this year, he plans to do everything he can to put himself in a position to become a successful college quarterback in the future.
Division I programs are starting to take notice. Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart stopped by Shadle Park high school recently and he has already been invited to camps at Washington and Boise State.
“I’m hoping to go to a lot of camps this summer,” he said. “I’m not really sure which ones, I haven’t figured out my entire schedule, but I should be going to a lot.”