SPOKANE — Washington State signed its top recruit, quarterback Tyler Bruggman, after a bit of drama Wednesday.
Various media reports said Arizona State made a late pitch to the four-star prospect from Phoenix. Washington State coach Mike Leach said he did not know if that was true, but added he had little doubt that the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Bruggman would sign with the Cougars.
“All I know is at midnight I got a lasagna recipe from Mrs. Bruggman,” Leach said Wednesday.
Leach said Bruggman’s mother made the best meal he had on the recruiting trail this year. “In terms of volume and quality it was impressive,” Leach said.
Tyler Bruggman is pretty impressive too, Leach said.
“He’s very efficient,” Leach said. “The ball comes off his hands quickly.”
Washington State’s only four-star recruit is highly intelligent and has great leadership skills, Leach said.
Washington State announced the addition of 24 players on Wednesday, including high school recruits and junior college transfers. Five of the players were already enrolled in classes.
Leach said he was happy with a class that featured 11 offensive or defensive linemen. The Cougars recruited heavily in Washington and Southern California. Scout.com rated their recruiting class 39th in the nation Wednesday.
Leach landed 11 players from California, six from Washington and two from Pago Pago, American Samoa, in what amounted to the first class in which he had ample time to recruit. He signed his first class barely two months after being hired at Washington State.