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Washington State lands commitment from Brophy QB Tyler Bruggman

Just when it seemed like Arizona State was going to land a commitment from a local big-name quarterback, Tyler Bruggman opted to head out of state to continue his football career.

On Wednesday, the Brophy Prep quarterback gave his verbal commitment to the Washington State football program despite the pitch onslaught coming from the Sun Devils coaching staff.

A 6’2’’, 195-pound passer who was recruited heavily by a number of PAC-12 schools, Bruggman should become the heir apparent to current Cougars quarterback Jeff Tuel. Tuel is heading into his senior season and could be NFL-bound if he turns in an impressive 2012 season as the leader of the Washington State passing attack. Once Bruggman hits campus in 2013, he will be in contention with young gunslinger Connor Halliday for the keys to the offense.

During his junior season at Brophy, Bruggman completed 156 of his 259 passes (60.2 completion percentage) for 2,497 yards and 37 touchdowns. He threw only two interceptions while accumulating a 129 quarterback rating. His impressive passing helped the Broncos to an 11-0 regular season record.

At the end of his junior year, Bruggman was awarded the Phoenix Player of the Year award from The Arizona Republic.

Bruggman is a four-star prospect who had a total of 13 offers on the table before opting to join Mike Leach and his Cougars. With the Brophy product potentially leading their air assault in 2013, Washington State could soon find themselves in a position to make a legitimate run at the PAC-12 North crown.

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