Brett Rypien comes from a pretty athletic family.
The 2015 Washington quarterback’s father was a Triple-A catcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. An uncle on his mother’s side, Pete Tormey, played linebacker at the University of Washington in the 1970s and an uncle on his father’s side, Mark Rypien, was a two-time Pro Bowl player and MVP for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI.
“They’ve been a huge help to me because they’ve had experience at the college and pro levels,” said Rypien. “They’ve just been guiding me throughout this entire process and they’ve always been there for me. It’s just a huge help to have people like that around you to let you know what you should and shouldn’t be doing.”
The attention has now shifted to Brett.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder from Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Wash., already holds offers from Washington State, Boise State, Colorado State, Idaho and Mississippi State.
“It’s huge,” Rypien said of the early offers. “Coming into last season, I had some expectations for myself, but a year ago I wouldn’t see myself where I am now with five offers. It’s definitely very humbling, but at the same time, I feel like I have to keep working and getting better every day so I’m ready for the next level.”
He’s also receiving interest from several other schools, including Notre Dame.
“I haven’t talk to a coach yet, but I’ve been receiving interest mail from them a lot,” he said. “Most of it is explaining how they’re going to be able to contact me more, that they’re excited. They want to get me down to South Bend and basically much of the same stuff other schools have been saying.
“Obviously they’re a very historic program and were 12-0 last year going into the national championship. They are a great program and I like the direction they’re headed in.”
Rypien believes he could succeed in the Irish’s offensive system.
“I think I would fit pretty well,” he said. “They do a lot of things on offense, but I think my skillset would fit fine with their system.
“My strengths are moving in the pocket, it’s a huge thing I pride myself on. When the rush is coming, I can usually avoid it and throw a pretty accurate ball. That’s another thing I think would be strength of mine, accuracy. I can run if I need to. It’s not always my first option, but if I need to, I’ll get a first down. I wouldn’t call myself a dual-threat, but if I had to, I would run.”
Rypien said he’d “definitely love to visit.”
“South Bend, I think would be a good fit for me,” he added. “I’m Catholic, so I think that would be nice. My uncle, Pete, was actually being recruited by Notre Dame way back in the day. My mom’s side of the family always liked Notre Dame football growing up. I would love to get over there for a visit some time.”
Rypien, who was at Washington’s opening game against Boise State, doesn’t have any other visits set up at this point, but hopes to make some trips in the coming months.
“I’m thinking about scheduling some after the season and maybe doing a couple when the spring rolls around, but I don’t have any planned right now,” he said.
He would like to have a decision relatively early.
“I think no later than next March or April, I think I’ll know where I’m going, maybe at the end of my junior year,” he said. “I’m thinking about getting it done fairly quickly.”
Rypien is looking for the right place for himself on and off the field.
“I would say just where I think I would fit best not only in the program or system, but where I could see myself excelling on the football field, in school and in the community, where I would fit best as a person and where I would like to be every day.”