Courtney Bridget, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound two-star cornerback/free safety from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Md., finished his junior season with 66 total tackles, three fumbles caused and one fumble recovered. Last season he played at Calvert Hall High School, before transferring to Dunbar.
"I'm smart and have a lot of knowledge about the game," Bridget said. "I work out hard and think I know more than the average high school defensive back. I see football as being more about the mental game than the physical and I think that's my edge."
Of course, that isn't to say that Bridget isn't physically impressive as well. He says he can bench 225-pounds seven times and squat 430. He runs a 4.6 forty and has a 35-inch vertical jump. "I'm a good tackler and love being in the action," he said. "I love attacking.
"But I still want to improve my quickness and my back peddle," he said. "I'm also working on my flexibility."
Thus far, Bridget still only has offers from Oregon and Liberty College (Div. IAA).
He still favors Oregon slightly over Rutgers, West Virginia, Clemson, Liberty, Connecticut and Duke.
Bridget visited the Ducks during their spring game. "I enjoyed it out there," he said. "It was real nice and I love the facilities. Everything is brand new. Also the coach recruiting me (defensive line coach Michael Gray) is also from Maryland and went to Dunbar High School, so we bonded right off the bat.
"The fans at Oregon are great and it just seemed like a great place," he said.
Bridget says that he sent the Ducks his tape last November, and got a response back from them right away. "They responded to my tape," he said. "Location isn't a factor for me and I was just trying to get my name out and see if I'm good enough to play Div. I ball."
During the summer Bridget attended camps at Maryland, Temple and Rutgers. "Rutgers already has like 22 commits, so they are getting low on scholarships," he said. "But I talked to coach Greg Schiano a few days ago and he said that if anyone decommits or if an offer opens up, they'll call me."
Growing up Bridget followed Miami. Unfortunately, the 'Canes aren't recruiting him. "I'd love to hear something from them," he said. "They are a great program and if you go there you're playing against NFL-caliber players. They put out some great talent every year."
Bridget also admits that neither West Virginia or Clemson are recruiting him too hard. "I haven't really been in contact with them, but if either of those schools offered I'd really think about committing," he said. "I really like the Big East and I've always liked those schools, especially Clemson. I'd love to play in Death Valley."
The school most likely to offer Bridget next is Duke, which he visited during the summer. "I could see myself playing for them," he said. "I really liked it and liked all the coaches. I could see a culture change there and I think the program is getting better. Coach David Cutcliffe is gonna turn them around."
He says that Connecticut is also showing a lot of interest. "I get lots of mail from them and am in regular contact with them," he said.
Bridget says he has no time frame for a decision. "Academics are first and foremost," he said. "I need to have a backup plan and want to get a good education.
"I also want to go where I feel welcome and where I can ask the coaches anything," he said. "I want coaches that will be like second parents."
Bridget says he's considering majoring in business management or nursing and reports a 2.9 core GPA and 1290 SAT (three-part).