Hardworking quarterback commits to Washington State
Brophy Prep's Tyler Bruggman lauded for leadership talents
The refrigerators used by Brophy Prep's football team needed cleaning, so it was up to the seniors-to-be to take care of the old food and nasty smell by 3 p.m. the other day.
That was the instruction coach Scooter Molander gave to his players. And the first to jump to his command was Washington State's newest verbal commitment, a touted quarterback named Tyler Bruggman, who told multiple media outlets Wednesday that he'll be playing his college football for coach Mike Leach and the Cougars.
That's just the kind of player he is, Molander told The Spokesman-Review.
"He goes down to the weight room, gets the disinfectant, all of that," Molander said. "He's the guy who does that. He's above no one else — he's with everyone. That's why he's a great leader.
"You're not going to find a harder worker. You're not going to find a smarter quarterback, and he is a fantastic leader. He can make all the throws — strong arm, got very good footwork. Good understanding of the game; why, how to break down defenses. He's a great one."
Bruggman, who will be a senior this season at Brophy Prep in Phoenix, chose WSU over nearby Arizona State after mulling the decision for some time. And while there remains nearly eight months until national signing day and things could change, Bruggman told The Arizona Republic he felt he needed to commit sooner rather than later because scholarships were going to start filling up.
Molander said he believes Bruggman's decision is final.
"He's a man of his word, he always has been," Molander said. "He says he's going to do something, he does it.
"There were upwards of 15 schools that had offered him a Division I scholarship, and it always boils down to a feel and where did he feel the most comfortable, and I believe he made a great decision."
According to Scout.com's position ranking, Bruggman is the highest-rated player at his position to commit to the Cougars during Leach's tenure. He's also just the second four-star prospect, according to Scout.com, to commit to WSU. The other is Gabriel Marks, a receiver from Southern California who signed as part of the 2012 class and will join the team for fall camp.
Bruggman threw for 2,497 yards and 37 touchdowns as a junior last season. Scout.com rates him as the 26th-best quarterback prospect in the 2013 class. Rivals.com rates him 13th.
Bruggman becomes WSU's third known commitment, joining Wenatchee offensive tackle Cody O'Connell and defensive back Trevor Walker of Arlington, Texas.