Brigid had a Gem academic scholarship offer from Boise State at the time, but still wasn’t sure where she wanted to study after high school graduation.
The Rypiens fell in love with the City of Trees, and Brett and Brigid committed to the Broncos at nearly the same time.
Fast forward through the summer and Brigid is in Boise and began classes Monday. Brett Rypien, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound four-star prospect, has and will use that as an excuse to visit his future home as often as possible.
“(Brigid) just came down, moved in and is starting classes,” he said. “I’ve been down there two or three times since I’ve committed. One time I was driving down to Tahoe so my uncle could play in the celebrity golf tournament and we stopped by.”
While his sister is getting her college studies underway, Rypien has work to do on the gridiron of Shadle Park High School.
“I’m just trying to be a good leader like I have been the last couple of years,” he said. “I’m trying to help the younger guys and we’re trying to keep the program where it has been. We’ve been making good progress and we’ll be ready by our first game next Saturday when we play Fife.”
Rypien led the Highlanders to and 11-2 record and a spot in the Washington 3A state semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Bellevue. This season, Shadle Park has plenty of new faces to replace graduated starters. The challenge is there for Rypien and the Highlanders, and he is anxious to get started.
“I’m pumped up,” Rypien said. “We only return four (starters) on offense and two on defense. But we’ve been working hard and I think we’re going to have a good year.”
In fact, Rypien is eager to face any and all challenges that confront him. When his career at Shadle Park is over — which is coming sooner than later as he will enroll at Boise State in January and forgoe his senior baseball season (a “tough decision,” he said) — Rypien knows what he will face in the Broncos’ quarterback race.
“I’m really excited to compete,” he said. “It’s been a while since I’ve had to win a starting job; since my freshman year. I’m ready to get down there and compete again. I’m excited to get there.”
Committing to Boise State so early in the process has allowed Rypien to apply his entire focus and faculties on improving his game.
“Ever since I committed I’ve been trying to work hard and be ready,” Rypien said. “I can compete right away for the starting job as soon as I get down there. I’m working hard to own my game and focus on the little things. I’m looking forward to getting down there in January.”
Rypien is also keeping tabs on current Boise State verbal commitments and players. In fact, he and the most recent player to entice a, “Go Broncos!” tweet from head coach Bryan Harsin, Coeur d’Alene High School linebacker Drew Berger, are appearing on the front cover of the football preview section for The Spokesman-Review.
“We’ve become a lot closer since he committed,” Rypien said. “I’m glad he made the right decision and is going to be a Bronco.
“I feel like (Boise State) is going to have a great year. From what I’ve been hearing the coaches are doing a great job. I’m really interested to see how they do against Ole Miss. That will be a good test. I’ve talked to Chase Blakley and he said practices are going well. They’ve been tough, but they’re going well.”