Boise State quarterback recruit Brett Rypien signed his financial aid agreement with the school Monday night, he said.
Rypien plans to enroll in January. The financial aid agreement sort of replaces the National Letter of Intent for early enrollees. However, it is only binding for the school. Boise State coaches can communicate with Rypien freely now and can speak about him publicly.
Boise State is not expected to announce the signing until at least Tuesday. Compliance has to sign off on the agreement.
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Boise State quarterback recruit Brett Rypien plans to sign a financial aid agreement with the school as soon as the paperwork is in order.
The agreements somewhat replace the National Letter of Intent for January enrollees. They are non-binding for the student-athletes, but they obligate the school to honor the scholarship offer, allow the school to publicize the recruit’s commitment and allow coaches to communicate with him freely.
“Once I sign that, I’ll be pretty much dialed in,” Rypien said Sunday. “I’ll have to do some work over winter break to finish classes because our semester ends after Boise’s begins."
Rypien took English and physics online over the summer to make sure he could graduate early. Those are the two required classes that he would have taken during the spring semester of his senior year.
The decision to come to Boise State early will allow him to compete for the 2015 starting job against Ryan Finley (will be a redshirt sophomore), Alex Ogle (redshirt freshman) and Tommy Stuart (redshirt sophomore or junior, depending on whether he plays this year).
It will cost Rypien the chance to finish his high school baseball career.
“It was kind of right after I committed (in April) that I started talking about it with the coaches,” Rypien said. “They encouraged it, but obviously weren’t forcing it. The toughest thing for me was not being able to play baseball my senior year. That’s been my love since I was growing up. I had to do what I had to do. Obviously I’m real excited to get down there in January now.”
Rypien made his official visit to Boise State on Saturday for the Louisiana game. He visited by himself but also saw his sister Brigid, a Boise State student who will provide an extra support system for him when he arrives.
Rypien had attended games at Washington, Washington State and Oregon State but never at Boise State.
“It was unbelievable,” he said. “The atmosphere, I didn’t really know what to expect. The pre-game atmosphere, the crowd getting going, the guys running out on the field — that was maybe the best I’ve seen. Maybe I’m a little biased because I’m committed now, but it was rocking in there and it was unreal.”
Rypien (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) plays at Shadle Park High in Spokane, Wash. His team is 2-1 after losing to Lake City of Coeur d’Alene 56-34 on Friday.
Rypien was 25-for-53 for 487 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted three times.
Rypien is going through a transition season with the Shadle Park offense. He lost the four starting wide receivers he has played with since junior high.
“It’s been challenging,” he said. “The guys that I’m working with now are doing a great job. They’ve been learning really, really quickly because it’s tough sometimes to come into your first year. A lot of these guys are first-time varsity football players. Last year I was so on the same page with those guys. That’s why our completion percentage was really, really good last year.”
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