2010 Intro: Tyler Brosius

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. --- The plethora of recruiting trips paid off a couple of weeks ago when Central Florida handed Tyler Brosius his first scholarship offer.

"We flew down there two weekends ago, my uncle picked us up [from the airport] – he lives in Davie, Fla.," Brosius said. "We toured the campus first and we tried to look around to see what the feel of it was.

"Then Saturday came – their junior day. We looked around more – saw the facilities. We stayed after and Coach [Charlie] Taaffe and Coach [George] O'Leary gave me my first offer."

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The offer completely caught Brosius by surprise.

"It was really cool, actually," Brosius said. "They sat me down in the offensive room and really just let me know where I stood and said ‘Here is our official offer.'"

Additional scholarship offers seem inevitable.

"I've had at least three major Division I [schools] tell me that he's the best quarterback that they've seen," Tuscola head coach Donnie Keifer said. "A lot of them are not going to offer until camp… NC State is not going to offer until camp, Wake Forest is not going to offer until camp.

"Wisconsin came down and watched him throw and really liked him a lot. I had a coach call the other day from Arkansas and they said Coach [Bobby] Petrino saw his tape and really liked him. I sent him up to Boston College last year to let Steve Logan assess him, because I have such respect for him as a quarterback coach; and Steve thought he was a definite major, major prospect.

"There's no question there're going to be a lot of offers, but with quarterback it's a different animal."

In addition to the aforementioned schools, Brosius is receiving significant interest from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

"The number one thing about Tyler is his size – he's 6-3 and a half, 239 pounds," Keifer said. "He has very decent feet. He does a real good job reading coverages, which is vital at the next level. But the big thing is his arm.

"Not only does he have a very strong arm, he also has a very accurate arm. There are a lot of guys out there that can really zip the football, but they're not very accurate. And he can throw the short ball, the long ball, he can throw the deep out, he can throw the corner route, he can throw the post – all with equal efficiency.

"And he can throw from any position. If you watch him, his arm is so strong that he could be running out of the pocket and throw back across his body [or] he could be leaning back with a pass rusher in his face and gets the ball off. He gets the ball out quickly."

The biggest knock on Brosius is erroneous, according to Kiefer.

"I've heard some people say ‘Well, he's not very quick,'" Kiefer said. "Well, actually he is pretty quick. When you start doing the numbers in our speed and agility program, he's made tremendous strides.

"Now when I first got here, he was slow footed – his feet were too big for his body and he was young. Plus, they hadn't been doing a lot of change-of-direction, programmed agility, and reactionary agility. Once we started the program, he got a little bit more body awareness [and] he's become very quick."

Brosius showed off his wheels a few times last season.

"Although he didn't run the football a lot, when he did, he had big gains," Keifer said. "He's a big boy [and] he'll run over you. He's a Tim Tebow-type in that regard – he's not going to back down and he will dish out punishment. He has fairly quick feet – he'll make people miss."

Tuscola's offense is very diverse. The Mountaineers will spread it out with four- and five-receiver sets, where Brosius will distribute the ball to all of his receivers, as well as run option-reads. Tuscola will also run – and sometimes pass – out of the off-set I and I-formation.

"With Tyler, he can do anything we ask him. He can run the ball – he can run the option," Keifer said. "But really what we want him to do is beat people in the throwing game.

"We want him to be a great play-action passer. We want him to be a great three-step guy – get the ball out of his hand, read his keys quickly. On the five-step, he's tremendous – on the five-step, he reads his keys, he gets the ball out of his hand. He has such a strong arm, it's almost impossible to play great coverage and play the run."

Brosius started his freshman season on the junior varsity team, but was brought up to varsity for the final two games of the season. He lost his varsity debut to Chandler Enka High, but flashed his potential and recorded a couple of touchdown passes. In the next game, Brosius led a comeback effort with two touchdown passes to upset Asheville Roberson High, 13-10.

Brosius headed into his sophomore season as the starter. He went on to complete 143-of-268 passes (53-percent) for 1,769 yards, 11 interceptions, and 20 touchdowns.

Last season, Brosius improved on those sophomore numbers. He passed for 2,362 yards and 27 touchdowns, with ten interceptions and a 60-percent completion rate (145-of-245).

Thus far this spring, in addition to UCF, Brosius has only visited NC State and Wake Forest. However, last summer he camped at Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, among others.

"I pretty much went on tour [last summer]," Brosius said. "Every weekend and even during the week, I was gone for something. I wanted to get my name out and just show what I got and see if anybody is interested. At the time, I really didn't know how to go about it. So my dad and I decided I needed to go out there and get my name out there as soon as possible."

This weekend, Brosius will unofficially visit Tennessee for a scrimmage game. He also plans to return to UCF before the end of the spring.

Brosius will go about this summer differently than a year ago.

"I want them to be interested in me for me to go there," Brosius said. "I'm not just going to go all around again. It's just hard to do it now with money being tight."

NC State and Wake Forest are Brosius' only definite camping stops.

Brosius could wait all the way up until Signing Day to make his collegiate decision, which is rare for quarterback recruits.

"To tell you the truth, at first I was thinking ‘I want to get it done right after my junior year so that I don't have to worry about it,'" Brosius said. "But it's just too hard. There's just no way you can really get around to everywhere and really find a nice place you want to be at.

"Unless something really pops up like during the season, I'll probably wait until Signing Day."

One of Brosius' bigger obstacles is establishing a favorite school.

"My favorite school is probably Georgia, but they have a bunch of quarterbacks so that's probably [not an option.]," Brosius said. "I really don't have any favorites. [Schools] all have their special little thing. The only bad thing is you can't bring it all into one college."

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