BOISE — The most notable happening for the Boise State football team on Saturday had nothing to do with the scrimmage inside Bronco Stadium.
That’s because a short time after the Broncos got off the field, four-star quarterback Brett Rypien from Shadle Park High in Spokane, Wash., announced on Twitter that he had orally committed to the Boise State football team.
Rypien, ranked four stars and the No. 132 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPN.com, decided on the Broncos over offers from several big-time programs including Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona State and Mississippi State.
“Couldn’t be more excited to announce I have committed to Boise State,” Rypien wrote. “Can’t wait to join BRONCO NATION! … I can truly say that this has been the hardest decision I have ever made and can’t thank every school and coach I have been recruited by enough.
“This has been a very long process, but I’m so excited to be a BRONCO!”
The 6-foot-2, 176-pound Rypien was visiting Boise on Saturday when he made his commitment. He was one of several high school sophomores and juniors visiting for the first of two Junior Days.
Scout.com ranks Rypien as the No. 9 quarterback in the entire 2015 recruiting class and called him the highest-ranked quarterback to ever commit to Boise State.
Rypien will be a senior in high school in the fall. He’s the nephew of Mark Rypien, who was MVP of Super Bowl XXVI for the Washington Redskins.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Finley — who could find himself in competition with Rypien for the starting job in 2015 —made several impressive throws during Saturday’s scrimmage while working primarily with the No. 2 offense.
Finley is still not 100 percent after having surgery on his throwing shoulder last fall while redshirting.
“The last few practices he’s done well,” coach Bryan Harsin said. “We want to get him those reps out there, but at the same time, we also know that he’s not full strength to make some of the throws.
“The only way were going to be allowed him to get stronger is to let him go out there and try to make some of these plays … but he’s done well in our practices and he’s made some good decisions.”
Harsin and the Broncos have yet to release a depth chart, but Finley would look to be the clear No. 2 at this point. JUCO transfer Tommy Stuart struggled and was off-target with several passes.
SUMNER-GARDNER STANDS OUT
Freshman safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner made plays all over the field, intercepting a Stuart pass and leveling wide receiver Tanner Shipley with a big hit.
Sumner-Gardner was originally committed to Texas A&M but decided to follow new defensive coordinator Marcel Yates to Boise State. He was the highest-ranked recruit ever to sign with the Broncos, and arrived early enough to enroll in school for the spring semester and participate in spring practice.
And he appears to be making a strong first impression.
“He’s playing well right now,” Yates said. “The one thing the kid is, is physical. He will hit you. He doesn’t shy away from contact. He’s always in there watching film. He’s a student of the game. He’s getting better every week.”
Yates said it was still too early to tell whether or not Sumner-Gardner will find himself playing a prominent role in the fall.
Marcus Henry continued to line up at center with the No. 1 offense. Henry, one of only two returning starters on the offensive line, played right guard last season. Also with the No. 1 unit on the offensive line were Archie Lewis (left tackle), Mario Yakoo (left guard), Travis Averill (right guard) and Steven Baggett (right tackle). Rees Odhiambo will likely be the starter at left tackle but is out this spring due to injury. … Redshirt freshman tight end Jake Roh worked with the No. 1 unit. … Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford called plays from the press box as he would for a normal game.