Boise State on Tuesday announced the signing of quarterback recruit Brett Rypien to a financial aid agreement.
The Idaho Statesman reported Monday night that Rypien had signed.
The financial aid agreement is binding for the school only, but Rypien has made it clear he expects to stick with his commitment to Boise State. He plans to graduate early from Shadle Park High in Spokane, Wash., and enroll at Boise State in January.
That will give him a better shot to compete for the starting job in 2015. The other scholarship quarterbacks will be redshirt sophomore Ryan Finley (the current backup), junior or redshirt sophomore Tommy Stuart (the current third-stringer) and redshirt freshman Alex Ogle (the scout team quarterback).
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“Brett is a phenomenal quarterback, a great student and comes from a wonderful family,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said in a statement. “He will be a great ambassador of Bronco football, and we are excited that we will have him on campus early so that he can begin to acclimate himself to Boise State and participate in spring practices.”
The financial aid agreement replaces the National Letter of Intent for early enrollees. It locks in Rypien’s scholarship offer, allows the school to publicize his commitment and permits coaches to communicate with him freely outside of usual recruiting limits. It is not binding for the player.
Rypien (6-foot-2, 185 yards) is a consensus four-star recruit and top-15 quarterback. Rivals.com rates him the highest, at No. 8. He has thrown for 1,708 yards and 22 touchdowns with six interceptions this season.
Rypien has thrown eight touchdown passes in a game multiple times, matching the single-game Washington record held by former Boise State star Kellen Moore. Rypien also holds the state record for passing yards in a game with 613 and is fourth in state history with 10,227 career passing yards.
One of his uncles is former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien. Another uncle is former Idaho coach Chris Tormey.
Here is more on what Rypien must do to finish high school early.
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Boise State at Nevada
When: 8:34 p.m. MT Saturday
Where: Mackay Stadium (30,000, FieldTurf), Reno, Nev.
TV: CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz, Adam Archuleta, Cassie Gallo)
Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender
Records: Boise State is 3-2 overall, 1-1 Mountain West; Nevada is 3-1, 1-0
Series: Boise State leads 27-13 (Boise State won 34-17 last year in Boise)
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