How Bruggman's uncertain Signing Day unfolded

TYLER BRUGGMAN IS a man of his word. After giving Cougar fans a scare Wednesday morning, Bruggman put on a crimson and gray Washington State hat in the Great Hall of his high school on National Signing Day and signed his Letter of Intent to Wazzu. CF.C talked to Bruggman in order to get an inside look at how his nailbiting Signing Day unfolded…

For Bruggman, he was just happy the recruiting process was complete.

"It's mainly a relief that it's all over," Bruggman said. "I don't have to keep thinking about it. It's done and that's where I'm going and it's over with."

Cougar fans can rest easy knowing that Bruggman will be throwing in Pullman this fall.

THE LAST-MINUTE CONCERN was that the 4-star quarterback from Phoenix would choose to stay in-state and sign with ASU, was a legitimate one.

Josh Dobbs, a dual-threat quarterback from Georiga, de-committed to Arizona State and decided to go to Tennessee.

Brophy coach Scooter Molander said after Dobbs rejected ASU, Devil coaches started calling Bruggman again.

Rewind seven months back to when Bruggman strongly and verbally committed to WSU. During that time Bruggman had narrowed his choices down to two schools, WSU and ASU.

"It was pretty much a 51-49 decision seven months ago," Bruggman said. "I've been able to watch some this season. I've been a big fan of not just ASU but the coaches there and what they stand for."

He talked with his family and coaches this morning and in the end, Bruggman decided to stick with his convictions and the commitment he made a long time ago.

"It was just an opportunity to clarify that the decision that I made seven months ago was the right one," Bruggman said. "Ultimately I'm a man of my word and that commitment meant something to me."

Bruggman talked about the decision with his coach. Molander said he did not advise Bruggman where to go, in the end it was his decision.

What they discussed was why Bruggman made that choice seven months ago.

"In the end it came down the relationship that he had with Coach (Mike) Leach and the fact that he is a man of his word," Molander said.

There that phrase is again.

Molander emphasized the fact that Bruggman stuck to his word and his commitment speaks volumes to the type of football player and man that he is. As a football player, Molander said there is no other quarterback that understands the game more than Bruggman.

Molander said he was a coach on the field, the hardest working guy in the weight room and was able to get a formation and call the play at the line of scrimmage.

To Bruggman's father, Curt Bruggman, Tyler's performance on the field is not what the Washington State coaches or fans should be excited about.

"I'm really proud of him for the person he is far more than what he can or can't do on the football field," Curt said. "Washington State is going to be getting a quality human being and I'm happy for him."

BRUGGMAN CAN NOW enjoy the rest of his senior year, however, he will not be relaxing during that time.

Ultimately from now until fall camp in Pullman Bruggman has one main goal, get bigger. There are also other facets of his game he would like to improve before then.

"I'd like to gain some weight and strength as well speed and quickness and conditioning," Bruggman said. "Watch some film and learn the offense as much as I can before I get there."

Even though the season is far away, Bruggman did have some goals in mind. He said he wanted to compete for the starting spot, help out the team any way that he can and hopefully make it to a bowl game next season.

The decision is over for Bruggman and Cougar fans.

In the end Bruggman was just happy as he said, "I'm signed, sealed and delivered."

Much like his letter of intent to Washington State.

Plus, here's a video interview by Scout.com's Inna Lazarev with Bruggman.


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