"It was a real good visit," said Mark Bridges, Jr
. "We saw the weight room, the stadium, the players' dorms and lounge and a bunch of academic buildings. They have a big atmosphere."
Bridges, 6-0, 195, has a 4.5 40 best and has already received offers from East Carolina
and Central Michigan
, and strong interest from Cincinnati
. Near year Bridges will probably rank among the state of North Carolina's top 25 players and more offers are expected to come his way.
"I got to meet Coach Saban," Bridges said. "I gave the DB coach my film, and we went with our position coach to talk about different coverages. In the 3-4 defense they use they have a use a lot of DBs in different sets, so it's not really a first and second string. We talked about cover 1 and cover 2 defense. I also got to met the linebackers coach who recruits in my area, Coach Sal [Sunseri]. He'll probably be my primary recruiter."
Many top recruits and players were around, but there was one player Bridges enjoyed meeting in particular because of one memorable play.
"He was the guy who ran the fumble back for a touchdown in the Texas game, No. 57, Marcell Dareus
," said Bridges. "But I also got to speak with John Fulton, who just got there from South Carolina and the quarterback, (Greg) McElroy. They both gave us some valuable information on what it's like there. We just walked in on them playing a game, and they were real cool."
With schools on full swing to get players to visit their campus and start the recruiting process, there's never a dull moment.
"I'm supposed to go to NC State's tomorrow," said Bridges. "I was supposed to go to South Carolina's, but it was today and I decided to go to Alabama's. I'm going to try and make Clemson's, but I've been there and want to see as many campuses as possible. I was set to go to Maryland's, but they canceled because of the snow."
Matthews, N.C., considered a suburb of Charlotte, offers Bridges a centralized location to get in some more trips. Right now he has a couple that standout.
"Alabama was the top one I've been to so far," Bridges says. "I really like Georgia Tech
's, and I think after tomorrow NC State will be up there as well. If I had to name a favorite from the schools that have offered me I'd say ECU, but I like Alabama and Georgia Tech from the schools showing interest."
Mark Bridges, Jr. plays in the secondary at national high school powerhouse, Butler in Matthews, N.C. In his junior season he had 63 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery, in helping his team to a 15-0 record and a state championship. This weekend he was on hand at the University of Alabama's Junior Day.
Other visits on tap with three looking good as early favorites.