Four-star Bridges has Tide on top

Part of an impressive spring, 2016 four-star linebacker Emanuel Bridges added an offer from Alabama about a month ago. He visited two weeks later and now has the Crimson Tide as his leader, which he explains inside.

A big spring for Emanuel Bridges saw the Newnan (Ga.) four-star linebacker rack up several offers in the SEC, ACC and Big Ten.

The rising-junior isn't done just yet, on the hunt for even more extensions from America's top conferences, but not before naming one of his most recent offering schools as his current leader.

"I want to name Alabama my leader as of right now," he said Sunday evening. "When I went on my visit on the 3rd (for camp), I loved the facility and I love the the way the coaches coached us up,

"It was definitely the best visit so far."

Bridges -- who checks in at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds as Scout's No. 16 outside linebacker class in the class of 2016 Scout 300 -- learned from Nick Saban and several coaches while participating in the camp session.

"They loved my ability to cover in the open and they feel like I can be a huge help to them with my athletic skills," he said. "Coach Saban asked me how did I like the facility and said I'm one of there top guys and he wants me to come up again soon."

But just because the Crimson Tide leads for the Peach State prospect's commitment at this time, it doesn't mean he's in any rush to make a commitment and/or potentially limit the additional options that may come his way.

"I want to give all the other schools a chance before I make a decision," Bridges said. "And I also want to see if the schools who are close to offering will offer before I make a decision, because once I commit there won't be a change unless the coaching staff (at the school) changes.

"Also, I still have two years left of high school ball left."

That said, some of the top regional schools yet to offer will host the rangy prospect at camp, as he quests for two more big-time offers on an already impressive and growing list.

"I think Georgia and Florida State are close to offering, and Clemson and Ole Miss (which have offered) are trailing 'Bama, not by far though," he said. "I'll camp at Georgia and Florida State soon, and I want to get up to Clemson and Ole Miss before summer ends."

Bridges is the No. 210 overall prospect in America's rising-junior class on Scout.


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