April 21, 2008
Bridgford shows well at Los Angeles NIKE Camp
One of the top quarterbacks who participated at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp held on the campus of USC Sunday is Mission Viejo (Calif.) standout Allan Bridgford. We caught up with Bridgford following the event, where he earned Co-MVP honors at the quarterback group along with USC commit Matt Barkley, the current No. 1 overall recruit in the class by Rivals.com.
"It was a lot of fun. We got some good work in," Bridgford said. "The quarterback group was pretty good so it was just fun competing with them. The coaching was great. Tee Martin, I've liked that guy ever since he played at Tennessee."
Nationally noted quarterback guru Bob Johnson coaches at Mission Viejo, so it's easy to understand why Bridford was easily one of the most polished and mechanically sound signal callers in attendance on Sunday. But his size (6-foot-4, 215 pound) and big, live arm are not things that can be taught.
"I get this kind of coaching every day from coach Johnson but he wasn't giving me much coaching today because he wasn't allowed," Bridgford said. "It was fun throwing to the different receivers. I threw to one of my receivers a lot, Kevin Chandler, who is a great receiver; he'll be recruited to a lot of places. I also threw at (USC soft commit Morrell) Pressley, and (Rivals100 receiver) Shaquelle Evans so that was fun."
The format doesn't allow for as much sync or precision as normal high school team situations allow, which has an effect on accuracy, but Bridford said is to be expected.
"It's a little different," he said. "It's not as [finely tuned] as you would be with your real team but you just take a five step drop and get a couple more resets in there and figure out where they're going."
Bridgford is in the process of seriously considering colleges and said his recruitment could possibly end in the coming weeks.
"I think I'm going to be making my decision around the end of May maybe," Bridgford said. "There's three or four (programs) that I'm really strongly looking at and a couple more I need to find out more about.. I'd say there is a 90 percent chance of playing in the Pac-10.
"ASU is definitely up there. I'm visiting ASU on the 17th of May. Next week I'm going up to Cal."
Bridgford has offers from Arizona, ASU, Colorado, Stanford, and Texas Tech with Boston College, Cal and Note Dame among the other colleges recruiting him actively. As a junior, Bridgford hit on 62 percent of his passes for 2,508 yards and 22 touchdowns
If, through these visits and additional discussion with his coaches and family, Bridgford isn't able to come to a conclusion by this summer, he said he could potentially wait until the end of the recruiting cycle.
"I'm not feeling pressure to decide early but I'd rather decide before the season so I can just focus on it," he said. "If I don't decide early I'll probably wait until late because I don't want to be thinking about anything else besides my football season. That's the most important thing, my season and winning a CIF championship."
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