The Bryan Harsin era at Boise State might be getting off to a great start.
After being named the successor to Chris Petersen, who left for Washington in early December, Harsin now has a notable recruit at a crucial position. Brett Rypien, a 4-star quarterback according to 247Sports, has officially committed to join the Broncos.
Justin Hopkins of 247Sports announced the commitment on Twitter:
The report was confirmed by Rypien, who simply texted Hopkins, "Yes, I just did."
Scott Enyeart of Sports Radio KJR also provides a text conversation from Rypien:
Rypien via text on his commitment to Boise State: "Committed. This city is just amazing and the facilities are unbelievable"— Scott Enyeart (@ScottEnyeart) April 6, 2014
The pro-style quarterback was also being courted by the likes of Washington State, Arizona State and Illinois, but shunned them all by giving a verbal commitment to Harsin.
Rypien's story is very similar to another former quarterback in Mark Rypien, who committed to Washington State despite other notable Pac-12 offers flying in, as Kyle McCall of Rivals.com notes:
Major land for Boise w/ '15, Rivals four-star QB Brett Rypien .. you've heard of his uncle, Mark. Picked Broncos over slew of Pac-12 offers.— Kyle McCall (@kyle_mccall) April 6, 2014
Bringing in top talent is exactly what Harsin will need to do to continue the string of dominance that Petersen had at Boise State. With a great player under center, the Broncos now have a 6'2" quarterback to build around for the future.
While Rypien has verbally committed to the Broncos, Johnny Mallory of ESPN Boise brings up one of the most difficult parts of college recruiting:
BSU gets Rypien to commit. Toughest part is now getting him to sign ten months from now. #SigningDay— Johnny Mallory (@JohnnyESPNBoise) April 6, 2014
If Rypien does keep his word on signing day, the Shadle Park quarterback brings with him a confidence behind center and the build to get the job done in Boise. In a traditional system with Harsin, this quarterback-coach partnership could mean great things for the future of the Boise State program.
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