Bruggman Big on Coaching Style

Quarterback prospect Tyler Bruggman's interest in Arkansas centers on the coaching style Bobby Petrino has brought to the Razorbacks.

While an investigation of Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino continues, Tyler Bruggman said he has kept interest in the Razorbacks and likes the coaching style Petrino has brought to Fayetteville.

The Brophy College Preparatory quarterback has several offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan State and Washington State to name a few.

"I'm just trying to take it one step at a time and learn everything I can about all of the options before narrowing it down," Bruggman said. "There are a lot of great things to say about every school that has offered me and I'm not going to take any of them for granted."

The Arizona native said what draws him to Arkansas the most is the Razorbacks' style of play on offense.

"I like Arkansas' ability to throw the ball and how they spread it around," Bruggman said. "You can tell they have great athletes and they get the ball to them in space.

"They have such a potent offense that can score a lot of points and they throw the ball around a lot and that's what I like to do."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback said despite the recent drama surrounding the Arkansas head football coach, he respects his ability to call plays more than he worries about any off-the-field issues.

"Coach Petrino is such a great offensive mind and has had a lot of success the last few years," Bruggman said. "He's a great coach and he always will be, so to play for him would be great."

Bruggman will make an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Tuesday. Even though Bruggman said he was disappointed he will not get to meet Bobby Petrino and it is something he will have to take into consideration, he has a lot to look forward to during his visit.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the offense in action," Bruggman said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the campus, getting to know Fayetteville and everything that there is to offer at Arkansas.

"Hopefully I'll be able to judge if I can see myself living there the next four or five years."

The four-star quarterback threw for 2,497 yards with 37 touchdowns and just two interceptions his junior season. He has been recruited by Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and offensive line coach Chris Klenakis and he said he has been impressed with both coaches.

"Coach Paul Petrino is a great coach and you can tell he's really passionate about what he does and really knows his stuff," Bruggman said. "Coach Klenakis is also really passionate and he really set up our whole trip. You can tell he loves what he does and loves his players.

"Between the two of them, you can tell there's a great overall staff at Arkansas."

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