Dissecting factors in QB's WSU v ASU decision

TYLER BRUGGMAN, one of the West Coast's most touted quarterback prospects for the 2013 recruiting cycle, is expected to make his college choice -- likely Washington State or Arizona State -- known any day now. Analyzing some of the factors that will shape his decision offers intrigue into the forecasting.

So will it be Butch or Sparky?

That depends on a whole lot of factors, and how the 4-star signal caller from Brophy Prep weighs each one. But a cursory look at a few of them could offer clues to the decision Bruggman will make.

Leach's Air Raid is second-to-none for a passing quarterback. Virtually every starting quarterback under Leach at Texas Tech led the nation, or nearly led the nation, in passing. First-year ASU head coach Todd Graham also brings big offensive output with him from previous stops at Rice, Tulsa and Pitt, but the rushing game is a much bigger part of his package. He's installing a no-huddle spread read-option system that requires the QB to get in on the ground action. Over the last three seasons, Graham's starting quarterback has averaged 154.3 carries per season. Over Leach's last three seasons at Texas Tech his QBs averaged less than a third of that, with 42 carries per season.
EDGE: Butch

Leach is his own offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach whose relationships with former Tech QBs such as Graham Harrell and Kliff Kingsbury would suggest lifetime mutual admiration. Graham is an interesting read, given his frequent hop scotching between jobs. His offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is Mike Norvell, who served as Graham's receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator at Pitt, and goes back with Graham to graduate assistant days at Tulsa. It's all about the personal connection here and there's no way to know without getting inside Bruggman's heart and head.
EDGE: Toss up

Bruggman will arrive on a college campus a little more than a year from now. At both WSU and ASU, a redshirt in the first season would seem likely given the depth charts. Barring a medical redshirt, Jeff Tuel won't be back at WSU in 2013, but Connor Halliday will be a junior then, David Gilbertson a senior, Cody Clements a second-year sophomore and Austin Apodaca a second-year freshman. ASU's top two QBs right now are both sophomores -- Mike Bercovici and Taylor Kelly -- and Michael Eubanks, whom Graham brought with him from Pitt, is a second-year freshman behind them. Halliday being a year ahead of Bercovici and Kelly would seem to loosen the log jam more at WSU than ASU, but the simple fact is that Bruggman is going to have to invest some time at both schools before walking on to center stage.
EDGE: Toss up

Bruggman has said distance from home isn't a factor, which is good news for WSU, but geography does play a prominent role because he's from Phoenix and has been a long-time Sun Devil fan.
EDGE: Sparky

Arizona State's Tempe campus is one of the largest in the U.S. at 60,000 students. WSU's Pullman campus enrollment is 18,000. Those numbers also reflect the broader environment of the two schools: A major metropolitan city vs. a college town. Different strokes for different folks on this one, but there's truly nothing quite like a college town and Bruggman has said he doesn't plan on spending much time in town -- he's going to be spending his college years on campus, working on his academics and football.
EDGE: Butch

U.S. News and World Report ranks WSU No. 57 on its list of the best public universities in the nation and ASU is No. 65.
EDGE: Butch

Drilling down into the areas of study – kinesiology and business -- that Bruggman says he's most interested in exploring, both schools offer undergraduate degrees. ASU's kinesiology program is generally ranked among the top 10 in the country. In business, ASU'S undergraduate program is ranked No. 28 in the nation and WSU's No. 69. WSU's international business program is ranked No. 19.
EDGE: Sparky

Based on the raw count of the tally above, WSU has a 3-2 edge, with two categories a toss up. But how is Bruggman weighing each category? Could his long-time affinity for the Devils outweigh everything else? Or might the desire to leave the hometown for college be a big pull the other way? And what categories might there be on his list that aren't on this one?

It sounds like we'll know the answers sooner than later.

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