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Brett Rypien knows the new Washington coaching staff well from their time at Boise State, so that was not a major part of his visit for junior day this weekend.
The four-star quarterback from Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park was more impressed and interested in seeing the finished stadium and the new facilities and now the Huskies are a major player in his recruitment.
Rypien, rated as the ninth-best pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class by Rivals.com, was offered by Washington during his trip and said the Huskies are one of five frontrunners.
"It was a great day and I had a lot of fun," Rypien said. "To see the new staff in action was really nice. I had a good idea of most of the guys on the staff anyway because I met most of them at Boise State, but just to see the new facilities, getting inside the new stadium… last time I was there the stadium wasn't completely finished, to see the weight room and the training room, it was just unbelievable."
The offer is definitely something major for Rypien, the top-rated prospect in the Washington state rankings. After a few more trips, the four-star quarterback could be ready to make his decision.
"Coach (Chris Petersen) brought my parents and me in later in the day and right before he gave his speech at the end he gave me the offer right there," Rypien said. "It's definitely a big offer. It's an in-state school and a very prestigious academic school and I'm really honored to get that offer. They're definitely going to be one of the top schools I'm looking at down the stretch here. I'm hoping to make my decision coming up in the spring either April or May."
Five schools mainly stand out to Rypien, who plans to visit Arizona State in early April and Boise State shortly thereafter before making his commitment. The Sun Devils are expected to offer on his visit.
"I'm settled on five right now," Rypien said. "Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Boise State and Arizona State and I'm visiting Arizona State on March 1. I just talked to Mike Norvell and he told me they're going to offer when I came down there, but they wanted to do it in person."
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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