One of the biggest questions facing the NC State coaching staff has been figuring out exactly who would be their primary target at quarterback for the class of 2010. As it turns out, the prospect who may have been one of the first mentioned when coverage of next year’s crop began, has quietly emerged as the Wolfpack’s top choice to fill their QB spot for ‘10.
After evaluating Waynesville (NC) Tuscola QB Tyler Brosius in person a couple of weeks back, NC State wasted no time in extending a scholarship offer. Over the course of 2009, the senior signal caller has proven to be one of the state’s best. Brosius has completed 53 of 84 passes (63%) for 867 yards and eight touchdowns while helping Tuscola to a 3-1-1 record.
Although he committed to Virginia several months ago, Brosius has stayed in touch with the Pack coaching staff, particularly linebacker’s coach Andy McCollum. This past weekend Brosius was in Raleigh to watch the Wolfpack take on Pittsburgh. Rumors were flying after the game that Brosius may have pulled the trigger for NC State. While that may be a possibility at some point, he was quick to point out that it wasn’t the case when asked whether he had pledged to State.
“Not yet,” said Brosius. “I’m still thinking about it. It’s a priority but I’ve got to worry about Tuscola football right now. I’m probably going to make my commitment here shortly and settle down and really think about it.
“I’m still committed (to Virginia) but anything could happen.”
Recruiting aside, Brosius said that he really enjoyed the opportunity to watch an entertaining college football game.
“It was a great game. I enjoyed watching it as a fan this time instead of being pressured as a recruit. I was here with a bunch of buddies of my dad and we had a lot of fun. I had a chance to just watch a game.
“The atmosphere was great. It was ecstatic. I mean, hopefully, wherever I pick to go to college will be just like it because it was amazing.”
One of the keys to keeping State in the mix with Brosius despite the commitment to Virginia has been the work of the Wolfpack coaching staff- from head coach Tom O’Brien and Andy McCollum to offensive coordinator Dana Bible. Brosius said he’s forged a solid a relationship with the NC State staff and that’s had a definite impact.
“The coaching staff are real great guys,” said Brosius. “They’re very class guys. They’ve put no pressure on me and they’ve turned into friends. I’ve kept in contact with them and they’re just real nice guys. I can see playing there but I just don’t know yet.”
Now at 3-1, State appears to have recovered from an opening day loss to South Carolina. With the nation’s top defense and a record setting quarterback, the future appears bright for the Wolfpack. Brosius echoed those sentiments when talking about the future of NC State football.
“That program is headed nowhere but up. They’re tough and they played well all the way through the game. It was a fun game to watch. They played hard from the first snap to the last snap. I would’ve loved to have seen what they looked like in the locker room. I bet they were hyped up. They looked like they had a lot of fun out there.”
Brosius is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 76 QB in the nation by Scout.com. Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming named Brosius the No. 16 Pro-style QB in the nation while Pack Pride rates him as the No. 18 prospect in North Carolina.