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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
'Energy' at Washington impresses 2015 QB

By Mason Kelley

Surrounded by the other prospects at Washington's junior day, Brett Rypien (Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park) watched as Steve Sarkisian introduced the Huskies' coaching staff.

Washington's head coach didn't like the energy. He went through the introductions a second time.

"Every time he introduced a coach they would be like, 'There's a Dawg in the house. Woof. Woof. Woof,' " Rypien said. "There were four players up there, up on the top, just screaming."

If there was one thing the 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore quarterback took away from the trip it was the Huskies' energy.

"That was pretty much how the whole day went, just really high energy the entire time," said Rypien, who has a scholarship offer from Washington State.

Rypien went with the other recruits on a campus and facilities tour. It provided a second chance to take a look at what Washington has to offer after an unofficial visit in November.

"It was a long day, but it was really fun," he said.

Rypien also had the opportunity to talk to Washington quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo.

"It was really cool, trying to pick his brain on how they do stuff there at Washington," Rypien said. "He was setting the bar really high saying, 'If you come to Washington, you're going to be the hardest working guy for me, and you're going to be the most competitive guy, no matter what.

"He was really good. I picked up a lot of things from him."

While he has yet to land a scholarship offer from the Huskies, Washington already has made an impression on Rypien.

"I just love the energy they have over there at UW," he said. "They've got a great recruiting class coming in right now, and they have a really good future ahead of them. They're going to be a Pac-12 championship contender for sure.

"Obviously it's early, but it would be hard to turn that down if they offered me."

Rypien is still finishing his sophomore year at Shadle Park, but he already has lined up a busy summer. He plans to attend the NFTC camp in Eugene, Ore., in addition to camps at Washington, Washington State and Boise State.