Bruggman channels Gesser, talks weather, more

SINCE VERBALLY committing to Washington State earlier this month, quarterback Tyler Bruggman has been doing a great job of mimmicking Jason Gesser. In addition to being the winningest QB in WSU history, Gesser also built a reputation in Pullman as a top-notch recruiter. And now Bruggman is heading that same direction.

Bruggman's pledge to WSU on June 13 seemingly unlocked a flood gate of seven verbals to WSU, with receiver Demarcus Ayers making no secret of the fact Bruggman's decision helped sway him.

"I haven't been in contact with those guys (subsequent WSU verbals) in particular, but I have been with some other guys. After I committed I sent Facebook messages to guys I know and I've been trying to get phone numbers for guys too," said Bruggman.

BRUGGMAN SAID his own recruiting process was focused internally.

"It was primarily just me and my parents," he said. "I trusted their opinions a lot ... they helped me see what my goals really were. But it was tough, I went back and forth a couple times a day."

And in the end that made telling ASU he was headed to Washington State to play in Mike Leach's Air Raid offense difficult.

"It was tough for me because I had such a good relationship and they are great people over there -- but the conversation went really well with Coach Graham ... With Washington State, that conversation was great. I spoke with Coach Leach, he put (area recruiter) Coach Morris on the phone, too. I'll always remember that conversation," said Bruggman.

IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO Bruggman's commitment, the grapevine was circulating with the notion that the weather in Pullman, being so dramatically different from Bruggman's hometown of Phoenix, could work against WSU.

"It wasn't really a concern, just something to think about. We just didn't really talk about that, and you're going to have play in the cold no matter where you go, even if it's ASU," he said.

FOLLOWING HIS COMMITMENT TO Washington State, Bruggman went to San Diego to compete in a team 7-on-7 tournament.

"It went pretty well but we ended up losing in the semis," said Bruggman, who will continue to hone his craft this offseason while reaching out to other recruits.

"I'm excited to be going to WSU and to learn from one of the best offensive minds in college football in Mike Leach," he said. "He's a really funny guy, entertaining, but he's also humble. And most of all, he wants to win. And so do I."

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