Commitment Spotlight: Justin Tuggle

Justin Tuggle started his college career at Boston College in the Golden Eagles' recruiting class of 2008. After a year and a half in Chestnut Hill, MA he decided to go to Blinn Junior Collge in Brenham, Texas. He'll make one more stop on his journey, and it looks like his final destination is Manhattan, Kansas after a weekend spent with the Wildcats.

"This past weekend I went to Kansas State on my official visit," Justin Tuggle said. "Friday was exciting because I got to sit in a game meeting. Afterward we went and ate with the coaches. Saturday morning I got a tour of the campus and spoke with both the school's President and Athletic Director. Saturday, I went to the game. When it was over I got a chance to talk to Coach Snyder. It was the second time I've talked to him.

"Then Saturday night, I got to meet a lot of the players. My player/host was Chris Harper. Then on Sunday I met with Coach Snyder and told him I want to come to Kansas State and be a Wildcat."

Snyder is familiar with the program at Blinn. One of his best players, 1998's Davey O'Brien Award winner Michael Bishop, played for the Blinn Buccaneers. Tuggle is hoping for similar success in Manhattan.

"It felt like a close-knit family," said Tuggle of the Wildcat program. "K-State has great fan support, it's a nice college town, and they have what I want to do academically. Most of all I felt comfortable with the coaching staff. I think Coach Snyder and I see eye-to-eye on how I'm going to fit into the program. It's the best situation for me to be in."

Originally from Duluth, Ga., Tuggle played his high school at Northview High School where he was a three-year starter. His father, Jesse Tuggle, played 14 years for the Atlanta Falcons and was a five-time All-Pro. The Falcons retired his No. 58 jersey.

"My Mom and Dad are both very supportive of my decision," said Tuggle. "They actually haven't seen the campus yet, but plan on going up to visit in a couple of weeks."

This year Tuggle, 6-4, 230, is 44-of-85 passing at Blinn for 676 yards with eight touchdown passes. He has helped Blinn to a No. 7 racking nationally.

"I wanted to go to a Junior College instead of sitting out a year because I wanted to play," said Tuggle. "I always say you get better from playing, and this way I get a chance to play every Saturday. I consider myself a pro-style quarterback who can run. Coming here has helped me in a lot of ways, like being able to make all the throws and gaining a better understanding of reading defenses."

Tuggle says he probably won't have a chance to return to Manhattan until after his season is complete, but will arrive for good in January allowing him to participate in spring practice with the Wildcats.

"I want to go in and show the coaches and the players I'm not expecting anything, and I'm willing to work hard," Tuggle said. "I want to do whatever they ask of me to help the team. I'm coming there to win a Big 12 title."

Tuggle says he's an avid watcher of film and plans on breaking down as much film as possible before he arrives at K-State. He's currently pursing a major in Political Science.

Blinn J.C. is 3-1 and will play Navarro J.C. in its next game on October 2nd. Tuggle wears No. 3 for the Buccaneers. When he arrives at Kansas State he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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