- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
After weeks of deliberation between Arizona State and Washington State, Phoenix Brophy Prep quarterback Tyler Bruggman made the call Wednesday and committed to head coach Mike Leach and the Cougars.
"I knew those schools were getting close to landing a quarterback, so I had to make a decision," Bruggman said. "This morning my heart was leaning toward Washington State."
Sure enough, Arizona State took a commitment from another quarterback shortly after Bruggman's decision.
While the lure of staying local was present with the Sun Devils, Bruggman said he looks forward to embracing the change involved in moving away from home and maturing on his own. He was also intrigued by the opportunity to play in the wide open offense Leach will bring to the Palouse. Bruggman said the spread offense is similar to the one he runs in high school and a visit to Washington State allowed him to see how he would fit into the offense. A terrific passer that could become the next in a long line of standouts coached by Leach, Bruggman said Washington State's record the past few years wasn't a deterrent.
"I'm all in at Washington State," he said. "I'm excited for the future and hopefully I'll be able to help the team and get them back to the Rose Bowl, where they've been before."
After two weeks of internal debate, Bruggman was able to rest easy after making the decision -- and even got in a long nap Wednesday.
"I'm very relieved," Bruggman said. "It has been a very stressful last two weeks. I'm really relieved that it's over and I know where I'm going. I'm 100 percent committed to Washington State and that's where I'll be enrolling in 2013."
Bruggman is the No. 18 pocket passer in the country and No. 2 overall prospect in Arizona. He is the first four-star commitment third commitment overall in Washington State's 2013 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback threw for 2,497 yards and 37 touchdowns against just two interceptions last year, and led the Broncos to an 11-1 record.