It has been a while since Brett Rypien, the super Soph from Shadle Park, landed his first FBS Division 1 offer from Washington State. He followed that at the prestigious Rivals Camp in Arizona where he was named a Top 10 performer and a student who could have significantly more options soon.
Yesterday Brett received his second option and reported to us that the Idaho Vandals had made him an offer. When Brett called he was happy and felt some relief that the WSU offer was not going to be his only option. It means a lot to these athletes to know the hard work is paying off. With two entire seasons and his best football ahead it would be absurd if he did not have 8-10 Majors after him by his Senior season but we have broad perspective of seeing this unfold for over a decade so we need to always look at it from the athletes side. This was a big event for him.
4 Question With Brett Rypien
NWPR: Brett how is this 2nd offer feeling right about now?
Rypien: Getting my second offer felt so good because with all the interest I have been getting this off season to see a school finally come through and offer it was really a great feeling.
NWPR: You know your so young and have two more seasons- does any of this start to sink in? You realize your in a position to land many more offers— does it seem like a dream sometime or more like a pay off for a plan you have executed upon?
Rypien: It definitely feels like a dream sometimes because growing up as a kid you always are working to get these offers but most the time it doesn’t happen for kids. Although with the amount of work I have put in up to this point I feel like I deserve this. But I just have to keep working harder!
NWPR: Where do you hope to be by the start of the season and let’s say by the end of your Junior year in terms of options for college? What are some Goals you have or do you have any at this point?
Rypien: Well right now my only goal is to just continue to work as hard as I can to get me better and help the people surrounding me better. Our team has very high goals set for ourselves this year and one of those goals is to get to state! So that’s what my main focus is right now.
NWPR: What is the best thing you think you can do to make a difference for your team and your high school this year? It could be anything on or off the field. What does Brett Rypien the Sophomore hope that Brett Rypien the Junior can accomplish?
Rypien: I think the biggest difference I can make at my school right now is making people better around me. I will do that by being a leader. Leading in the weight room, on the practice field, and in the classroom. Not only a vocal leader but a leader by example. I want my teammates to feel that they will fight for me because they know I will do the same for them.
NWPR: Well said Brett! Thanks for catching up and congrats on all your accomplishing. We will see you and what looks like a bug group from Shadle Park at Mercer Island High School on June 7th for the Northwest Elite Football Camp (Gesser Camp) which will be great!
Rypien: Your welcome and we can not wait. Thanks for all you guys do!