Bruggman Ready for Visits

Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep quarterback Tyler Bruggman has a series of unofficial visits planned for the next month and would love to make his decision sometime in the summer...

Tyler Bruggman is one of the top signal callers out West and will be hitting the road starting this weekend.

"I'm planning to go to UCLA this weekend," Bruggman said. "I've been calling Coach Mazzone for the past few days to set it up but I haven't connected with him and I know he can't call me back. Hopefully we can set this up and the plan is to get out there on Saturday.

"I like Coach Mazzone a lot, he offered me at Arizona State and has been recruiting me for a while now. The style of offense a school runs and my relationship with the coaches will be big in my decision. I'm already comfortable with him and his offense so I'm definitely giving UCLA a look and this will be my first time ever seeing the campus."

Bruggman will be on spring break next week and has plans to visit a few more schools as well.

"I'm going to hit up Arkansas, then head to Michigan State and Indiana," Bruggman said. "On my way home, I'm going to visit Washington State and all of those schools have offered.

"I've already been to ASU a number of times and I'm very comfortable there. I like the new staff a lot and they're trying to change the culture at the school. They're instilling more discipline and I like what I've seen so far."

It's an extremely deep and talented year in-state this year and Bruggman said several of the players have talked about playing together in college.

"At the end of the day, we'll all do what's best for us but it would be great to play with those guys," Bruggman said. "I've talked with Chans Cox, Priest Willis, Kenny Lacy and of course Devon Allen and we all get along real well.

"The ASU coaches have kind of told me that I could be the ring leader of the group being the quarterback. I know if I committed first, others could follow but right now, I'm open to everyone and not favoring any schools. I'm obviously most comfortable with ASU since I've been there the most and talk to the coaches a lot but these visits will be big for me because I really haven't seen anywhere else."

As for what he's looking for in a school, Bruggman listed several factors.

"The people at the school and my relationship with the players and coaches is huge," Bruggman said. "I'm going to be hanging out with those guys for the next four or five years so I'm looking for that home away from home.

"The style of offense and how I fit in with their scheme is important. I think I could fit in with a pro-style or spread but I consider myself a pass first quarterback. Most importantly is academics of course. I mean, that's what you go to school for so all those things will play a role when I ultimately decide."

Bruggman said he doesn't want to rush things in terms of making his decision but knows he has to make it early.

"Being a quarterback, we really don't get to take our visits like everyone else," Bruggman joked. "We have to commit early because schools only take one guy so hopefully I'll have a good idea of what I want to do after my visits.

"I won't drag this out but I'm not in a hurry either. When you know, you know so once I feel good about the school, I'll go ahead and make my decision."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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