Big Cat Visit Pleases Cornerback Commitment

Talented junior college player Tony Bridges talks about his trip to Auburn to participate in Big Cat Weekend.

Perkinson, Miss.--Auburn cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith is looking to bring in taller players to work with and a prospect who fits that description said he enjoyed his Big Cat Weekend visit to Auburn.

Tony Bridges, a 6-2, 190-pound sophomore at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, committed to play for the Tigers, but had never been on the Auburn campus until the Big Cat event that was held on Saturday.

"Coach Smith told me that he likes my size and the coaches back home told me I am their Richard Sherman type of guy," said Bridges, who noted that he has already built a good relationship with Smith.

A teammate last fall of a pair of transfers to Auburn, center Xavier Dampeer and wide receiver D'haquille Williams, the cornerback said he can see why those players are happy to be a part of the AU program.

"I love Auburn, I love the campus and the coaches," he said. "I feel like Auburn is the place for me. The facilities are great--the football field, the dorms, everything."

Tony Bridges is shown in action last season.

A talented all-around athlete, Bridges was an offensive and defensive star on the football field at Hattiesburg, Miss., High School and was also an All-State selection in basketball and track.

Following an impressive football season in 2013, he joined the basketball season in progress and developed into one of Mississippi Gulf Coast's top players in that sport, too.

With his talent other colleges are still trying hard to recruit him. "I may take some other visits, but I am firmly committed to Auburn," he said, noting that he plans to be back on the AU campus this summer and again in fall for an official visit.

Bridges plans to graduate in December and transfer to Auburn in January. Mississippi Gulf Coast's head coach, Chad Huff, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that Coach Gus Malzahn's team will be getting a very good player when Bridges transfers next year.

"He has great size at 6-2 190," said Huff, who added that he believes that Bridges is a player who will continue to improve as a college athlete. "He can run and jump. He has tremendous ball skills and he is a high character kid as well."


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