Bruggman impressed with new look Sun Devils

Tyler Bruggman grew up a Sun Devil fan, yet after his unofficial visit to Tempe the Phoenix Brophy signal caller realized that there was a lot more that he had learned about ASU, and what he discovered has placed the maroon and gold in a much different and positive light.

A couple of weekends ago, Bruggman was one of a few top local 2013 prospects who were invited by Arizona State head coach Todd Graham to take a tour of the campus and its facilities and meet the various assistant coaches.

"I really enjoyed my visit," Bruggman stated. "To be honest I didn't know what to expect and the visit did exceed my expectations. What I liked the most is having a chance to sit down with (offensive coordinator) coach Norvell and coach Graham. They showed me clips of the offense and how they would use me in the offense if I came there."

"They really preach character and discipline. That's a big thing for me when I'm picking a school. I know that college football is a full time job and you have to have high character hard working people around you to succeed. I really like that attitude and mindset and that was the biggest thing I learned on the trip. You can tell how passionate the coaches are about everything they do. I know it would be a great environment to play in."

The 6-2 185-pound Tyler Bruggman was an all-region honorary mention as a sophomore after completing 51 percent of his passes for 1,304 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. As a junior he led the Broncos to an 11-1 record, and completed just over 60 percent of his passes for 2,497 yards. He posted 37 touchdowns and registered just two interceptions.

The Brophy quarterback was excited to learn that his traits can be a good fit for the scheme the Sun Devils will employ.

"I have good decision making," Bruggman said. "As a quarterback you always have to be smart with the ball. Coach Norvell talked about their up tempo offense and running a lot of plays each game and that is what I like to hear.

"A Lot of stuff they do there is stuff we did in high school. D.J. Foster being there this year in the backfield…he will make a lot of plays for them. I think their style of offense matches my skill set very well."

Bruggman knows that quarterbacks tend to commit sooner in the recruiting process than other positions, and the Brophy standout sounded like he was ready for that scenario.

"Most schools take one quarterback, maybe two each class," Bruggman explained, "so I know I will probably commit early too. Once I know in my heart where I want to be and what the best fit for me is that is where I will commit. I don't know when that time will be but once I know where I want to be for the next four, five years of my life I will definitely commit there and look forward to being in that program."

Bruggman has reported offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Purdue and Colorado State. The signal caller indicated that he plans to attend junior day events at USC, UCLA, Arkansas, and Michigan State along with ASU.

It goes without saying that the experience he had in Tempe, would probably not be matched with any other future trip he may encounter during the recruiting process, since he did visit ASU with some of the top in-state players in the 2013 class.

"Both my parents went to ASU and I have been watching ASU games forever," Bruggman said. "So to be with a lot of the top in-state players there was an honor and a humbling experience. My teammate Devon Allen was there and he came away impressed too. We talked about it after and I think he enjoyed the visit as much as I did. We both had a great a great time and I think all of us that we there had a good time too."

Consequently, Bruggman confessed that he following his visit he does hold ASU in higher regard than ever before.

"I really didn't know that much about the program," Bruggman commented. "You hear different things from different people but it's good to go down there yourself and hear the coaches talk, know their plans moving forward and how they are going to run things that definitely help solidify some of those rumors.

"When you go down there in-person you just really know what is going on and what is going to happen."


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