Quarterback Tyler Bruggman (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep) is plenty familiar with Washington State, having visited multiple times and done every bit of homework on his potential destinations before committing to the Cougars in June. But that didn't prevent the 6-foot-1, 190-pound signal-caller from enoying his official visit to the Washington State campus this past weekend.
"It was a great experience," Bruggman said. "I had a great time watching the game and experiencing the atmosphere."
It was a big weekend for the Cougars, as several prospects came in on official visits. Bruggman and athlete DeMarcus Ayers (Lancaster, Tex./Lancaster) were the Washington State verbal commitments in attendance. Wide receiver Jake Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) and defensive lineman Nick Terry (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) were the uncommitted recruits taking visits, while the Cougars earned a commitment from defensive tackle Gerald Sterling (Aliceville, Ala./Aliceville) over the weekend.
Bruggman said he relished his role as an extra recruiting coordinator during the trip.
"I pretty much spent time with all of them," Bruggman said. "I'd been looking guys up on Facebook and trying to build relationships with them. It's something I enjoy doing because I know it's important for our success in the future. It doesn't matter how good you are, you have to have all 11 guys on board and I know there were some great players up there this weekend that can help contribute."
Bruggman is dailed into his future with the Cougars at this point, and said hasn't been in touch with any other schools. His next step will be to finish his senior season and dive into the Washington State playbook as quickly as possibile. While the Air Raid Offense of Mike Leach hasn't gotten off to the start that many thought it could, Bruggman said he isn't deterred in the slightest.
"It's an exciting opportunity," Bruggman said of arriving on campus early in the Leach era. "I know I have to keep working hard because there will be guys in front of me and guys coming in behind me fighting for the same spot, but I know where Coach Leach is going to take the program. I've been watching film and there are opportunities for big plays. He has a proven track record as one of the best, if not the best, offenses in the country."