Bruggman's prep coach lends insight on verbal

TYLER BRUGGMAN, ONE of the most coveted prep QBs in the nation, had scholarship offers from coast to coast. Finally, Bruggman narrowed his choices to a school a few miles from home (Arizona State) or a few hours away by plane (Washington State). On Wednesday, Bruggman decided he'd rather be a Palouse hero than a hometown hero. CF.C talked to his prep coach for the behind-the-scene details.

Bruggman chose Washington State over such schools as Arkansas, Brigham Young, Houston, Purdue, Duke, Michigan State, UCLA, Arizona and ASU.

"I think Tyler made a very good decision," Scooter Molander, Bruggman's high school coach, told CF.C. "Washington State is getting a very good quarterback."

Molander, a former Colorado State and Arena Football League quarterback, spoke highly of Bruggman as a player and a person.

"Nobody's going to outwork him," Molander said. "Nobody's going to be smarter. He's a good leader, and he's a very fine student." ranks Bruggman four stars and 26th among the nation's college quarterback prospects who will be seniors next season.

Molander said he advised Bruggman to take a break from the pressures of making his college decision and not grant interviews until Thursday.

THE COACH SAID WSU's former coaching staff began pursuing Bruggman following his sophomore season and that it's "hard saying" if Bruggman would have come to WSU if not for the December hiring of new head coach Mike Leach, a passing game guru.

"I know this: Tyler really enjoyed the campus," Molander said of his Bruggman's unofficial visit to Wazzu earlier this year. "Really enjoyed the program. Loved meeting everyone. Spent a lot of time there with Coach Leach and was thoroughly impressed with everything.

"Tyler felt very, very comfortable there."

BRUGGMAN LED Brophy Prep of Phoenix to an 11-1 season and the state Division I (largest schools) quarterfinals last season. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder made the all-state first team after completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 2,497 yards, 37 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

"We run a pro-style offense," Molander said, noting that the Broncos utilize some no-huddle, shotgun and spread looks – great for preparing to run Leach's offense.

"He's going to grow," Molander predicted. "He might be just shy of 6-2, but he's got big ol' size 13 feet."

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