4-star QB gives Leach, WSU trip high marks

FOUR-STAR QB PROSPECT TYLER BRUGGMAN wrapped up his extended unofficial visit to Washington State on Sunday morning. He and his parents met face to face with Mike Leach over the course of a few days in Pullman, and even made the drive up to Spokane for the Crimson & Gray game. Here's how his trip to Washington State played out, and what happens next…

One of the top quarterback prospects out West, Phoenix's Tyler Bruggman (6-2, 202), arrived in Pullman on Wednesday and didn't leave until Sunday morning.

"It was a great visit, I had some time to really experience what campus life is like there, and I sat down with Coach Leach. It was great getting to meet him, he's a great guy and obviously a great offensive mind," said Bruggman, out of Brophy College Prep.

Bruggman, ranked the No. 20 quarterback prospect in the nation and 4-stars by Scout.com, said he and Leach talked quite a bit about the Wazzu program and Air Raid X's and O's.

"He explained how they do things, showed me how they run their offense and all the things a QB does in their system…the campus was really nice, they're building a new football building and obviously they are doing all the stadium construction," said Bruggman.

Bruggman said distance won't be a factor in his decision, nor will the town.

"The city doesn't really affect too much because it's about football and I really won't be spending a lot of time there. Obviously, Pullman is a great college town and has a lot of support for the football program," said Bruggman.

BRUGGMAN, WITH THE trip to the Palouse, wrapped up a whirlwind recruiting survey. He visited Wazzu, UCLA, Arkansas, Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana -- all in the last two weeks.

"I really had a great time at all of them…I wasn't really trying to compare one to the other. Now I'll sit down in the (coming weeks) and try to weigh the pros and cons of each school. I just wanted to take everything in at (each school.) I knew going in I wasn't going to commit anywhere... I really enjoyed my time at a bunch of different places," said Bruggman.

Bruggman said he still plans to commit sometime before his senior season but as for exactly when that might be, that's something to be determined.

"I really don't know when, I want to sleep on it for a while… I just want to see where the right place will be for me – and when I know that in my heart, that's when I'll make the decision," said Bruggman.

BRUGGMAN'S PARENTS ARE also giving him space to make his own call, he said. He said his folks enjoyed the trip to WSU and they liked everything about Mike Leach, but they also enjoyed the other schools they visited – just like Bruggman did.

"They didn't really say much…I know they're there for me if I have questions and to offer advice," said Bruggman. "But they're also letting me make my own decision.

"I can see myself being at a bunch of different places, I don't have the ‘one great option' and then a bunch of mediocre places, I have a lot of great options. A lot of places are a good fit, and I have to take my time and then decide on the best fit for me."

  • Bruggman as a junior completed 156 of 259 passes (60.2 percent) for 2,497 yards and 37 TDs. He threw only two interceptions all season. He was named the Arizona Republic Player of the Year and was named to several first team All-State squads. He is the No. 1 QB recruit in the state of Arizona for the 2013 class according to Scout.com. He holds double digit offers, including full rides from Pac-12 schools Washington State, Arizona, ASU and UCLA.

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