April 7, 2008

Growing spurt adds value to QB

When Rivals.com first saw quarterback Allan Bridgford (6-4, 218, 4.7) from Mission Viejo, Calif., he looked like the skinny kid in the before/after pictures. Since last summer, Bridgford has gained over 40 pounds and has grew one inch. That growing spurt and a whole lot of talent has made Bridgford one of the hottest signal callers on the west coast.

As a junior, Bridgford hit on 62 percent of his passes for 2,508 yards and 22 touchdowns. His effort saw him earn his league's Offensive Player of the Year.

What makes Bridgford's accomplishments even more impressive is he played much of the season with mononucleosis. That he was able to compete at all is a testimony of his grit. One can only imagine how good he's going to be when fully healthy.

Bridgford has offers on the table from Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Colorado and Texas Tech. Colleges that are recruiting him with reciprocal interest are UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Boston College and Notre Dame.

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