April 2, 2008

Bridgford sets a visit to Lubbock

Though spring football won't begin for another month or so, standout quarterback Allan Bridgford is still about as busy as a high school junior can be. After fielding early offers from Stanford and Texas Tech and heavy interest from several Pac-10 schools, the 6-foot-4, 217-pound passer picked up his third written offer about a week ago.

"Well, we already knew about Stanford and Tech of course," he explained. "And then we got an offer from Arizona State about a week ago, so that's cool. It felt good you know, they're a good team in the Pac-10 and they've got a great coach in Dennis Erickson, so they're an option for sure."

Though he likes the proximity of ASU, Bridgford maintains that distance won't play a big role in his decision.

"I definitely like the fact that it's close, but I'm not afraid to go further away either," he said. "It's like I've said before in interviews, I'm not at all afraid to go to a place like Texas Tech or Colorado or something like that."

Part of the reason Bridgford has been so sought after is the fact that he is under the tutelage of quarterback guru Bob Johnson, who runs the prestigious Elite 11 camps, and his two sons, Bret and Rob Johnson.

"Coach (Bob) Johnson is the best QB coach out there for sure in high school and maybe just in the country," said Bridgford. "Plus I get to work a ton with his two sons, Bret, who played college and pro ball, and then Rob Johnson too, who played in the NFL for a long time. They're all great guys, they're like family to me and I don't think I could ever ask for better coaching than what they've given me."

Bridgford is the latest in the line of standout QB's under Johnson at Mission Viejo, a lineage that includes current USC Trojan Mark Sanchez and former UTEP star Jordan Palmer, but that's not the only quarterback tradition he stands to uphold.

"My dad actually played QB at Stanford," he said with a chuckle. "It's actually kind of funny- they recruited him at quarterback but ended up asking him to move to defensive back because they had this other QB, this guy named Elway or something like that, so they asked him to move."

Though his father is a Stanford grad, the star QB says they won't receive any special treatment.

"Regardless of the fact that he went there, you know what you're getting from Stanford," he explained. "There's going to be a world class education and there's Jim Harbaugh, who's a great teacher and a great QB coach, so I know about Stanford. My dad isn't pushing me to go there at all or anything like that, he's just staying neutral."

His father will also accompany him later this month on a few trips to check out various college campuses.

"I'm going to UCLA here pretty quick and then to Texas Tech after that and then on to Cal, then ASU, so we'll be pretty busy," he said.

Though some of his planned trips are still tentative, one that is now official is a visit to Texas Tech.

"My mom actually just booked the flight for me and my dad," he said. "I am not sure of the date, but I think it's April 12th. I know it's not the junior day weekend, so I'll be like the only one there. I'm really excited to see their campus because they're one of my top schools."

Part of the reason for the standout QB's affection towards Tech could stem from the attention they've shown him lately.

"I talk to the Tech coaches about 2-3 times a week at least," said Bridgford. "Mainly Coach Riley and Coach Leach really. It's been really nice, they've shown a lot of interest. Actually just the other day I got about 16 handwritten letters from all their coaches, which was just really nice. It's blown me away how much interest they've shown."



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