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Coug LOI’s: QB Tyler Bruggman Signs With Washington State


Name: Tyler Bruggman

School: Brophy Prep (Pheonix, AZ)

Position: Quarterback

Vitals: 6’2″, 202 lbs


  • Rivals:  #18
  • Scout:  #25
  • ESPN:  #22
  • 247Sports:  #18 (Pro Style)

Other Offers of Interest: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Arkansas, Colorado State, Duke, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Purdue

Best Attributes: Accuracy, Decision Making, Pocket Presence

Prediction & How He Improves Cougars in 2013: 

Bruggman doesn’t necessarily improve the Cougars for the 2013 season from a starting role, though he is bound to get a shot at the position. But our prediction is a redshirt season. His impact is three-fold though: Competition, Leadership, Recruiting pull.

Would be surprised (pleasantly) if he won the job over the veteran Connor Halliday or slightly more experienced and athletic redshirt freshman Austin Apodaca. Both have had more work in the shotgun in this type of offense, while Bruggman was under center for a decent portion of his high school career. After a year or two of practice work in the Leach system, look for Bruggman to flourish and challenge for the starting spot.

On the other hand, if Halliday shows limited progress and Apodaca doesn’t overly impress in the Spring, Bruggman could be right in the mix for 2013. Leach believes in competition and Bruggman should bring it. While not likely, if he picks up the shotgun quicker than expected in the Fall, shows the accuracy and pocket awareness of his high school days (2,500 yards, 37 tds, 2 int as a junior) along with earning his teams’ respect, we could be looking at a 4 year starter. Seems like a lot to ask but he is the most heralded high school QB to come through Washington State since Leaf.

All Coug’d Up Recruit Grade: 5