All-American DT Will Be A Nole/Cane Battle

Florida State has fielded several big-time defensive tackle , including Philadelphia Eagle's <b>Corey Simon</b>, Arizona Cardinal <b>Darnell Dockett</b> and former Cardinal <b>Andre Wadsworth</b>. In the class of 2005 there is a tackle prospect who might be in that company above that is giving the Noles a strong look.

No one could put a body on Harriton (Bryn Mawr, PA) defensive end Callahan Bright in a recent camp at Virginia camp. The 6-foot-5 and 320 pound Bright is looking forward to his next challenge.

"I'm ready for ‘Big Eugene'," said Bright, referring to highly-touted New Jersey OL Eugene Monroe. "May 5 at Giants Stadium…he's going to be there. I can't wait to see how I match up against him. I like my chances against anybody."

Florida State and Miami – among over a dozen top programs jockeying for Bright's services at the next level – have to have to like their chances of landing the versatile DT. Bright says he wants to play in warm weather for a proven winner. The bad news for Seminole fans – he's been enamored with Miami since childhood and looks to Oakland Raiders and former-‘Cane DT Warren Sapp to draw a comparison to his skills.

"Warren's real quick for a big guy like me," he said. "Plus I like his attitude and the way he plays the game. He really gets after it."

For now, Bright is working out as well as making an effort to improve his quickness. Not many defensive line prospects have the agility and reflexes to play lacrosse but Bright has excelled for his team thus far this spring. And that's not to mention his 650-lb squat and 375-lb bench.

"I'm just trying to get faster right now," he said. "I've been in the weight room and I'm also playing with the lacrosse team."

Bright's coaches are looking into some creative ways to utilize their talented star. Already doubling as an OL, Bright could see time as a fullback in the jumbo package.

"I haven't carried the ball since middle school," he said. "Last year I was in for some blocking plays."

What side of the ball does he prefer?

"Defense," he said. "Because I like getting after it and I have defensive mentality."

Bright's plan for the season is to focus on winning football games and let his college plans iron them self out. He plans to make several visits, mostly after the season is over, and then decide on Signing Day.

"I want to focus on the field and let things take their course," he said.

As far as a visit to Tallahassee?

"They offered me a full ride do I'm definitely going to go down there and check it out," he said.

Another big day looms for Bright, who sports a 2.8 GPA - on Saturday he sits to take his SATs.

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