Iowa Camp Challenges Bright

Caleb Bright showed up at Iowa camp this past weekend and lined up against some of the best players in the state. He talked about the experience and what he heard from the Hawkeye coaches in this story with HI.

Caleb Bright pondered his future. The Urbandale (Iowa) lineman felt himself improving as a ninth-grader on the freshman team but desired much more.

Bright grew up with discipline and order. His father, Sergeant Scott Bright, has worked as an Iowa State Trooper for almost 24 years.

Caleb approached his dad following his freshman year and told him he wanted to start on the varsity team as a sophomore. Sergeant Bright responded honestly.

"He told me I was going to have to work a lot harder," Caleb said. "I always had a dream of playing college football. I was committed to doing it. I worked out five times a week last summer and focused on football. I got the starting job after that."

Sergeant Bright's advice helped Caleb build a foundation for success. The Class of 2016 prospect landed squarely on the landscape as a Division I prospect.

Bright attended two Iowa State camps this summer before stopping at Iowa's camp on Saturday. There he tested himself against '15 Hawkeye offensive line pledges Landan and Levi Paulsen, Jake Newborg and Brett Waechter, all from in-state.

"We did a lot of run block drills. We did quite a few one-on-ones. It was a really competitive camp. I loved it. It was a great opportunity to compete with some of the Iowa commits that were there. I think I did really well overall," Bright said.

The 6-foot-3 1/2, 277-pound Bright said he heard positive feedback from the Hawkeye staff.

"Coach (Reese) Morgan and Coach (Brian) Ferentz said they really liked my hands and that I had great hand movement. I love the coaches up there. They're all extremely nice. Coach (Brian) Ferentz knows exactly what he's doing," Bright said.

Bright attended the Nike Football Training Camp in Chicago during April. He planned to visit Illinois State on July 7. Mostly, he's been focusing on his junior campaign at Urbandale.

"I want to be all-conference and all-state. I want to lead my teammates and encourage them. I want to encourage the underclassmen to keep coming to weight lifting in the mornings. I just want to have a great season. I've been putting in a lot of work and time and effort into lifting. I lift about seven times a week," Bright said.

Bright still is searching for his first scholarship offer. He's not stressed about it.

"Patience is key. You just have to be patient and wait and keep performing," he said.

Bright projects on the interior offensive line at the next level. He has experience at center and guard.

Urbandale is fortunate to have at least two Division I prospects on its offensive line. Bright starts at right guard with classmate Jake Heinrich at left guard. The latter reports a scholarship offer from Iowa State.

"We work really hard together. We encourage each other a ton. If I'm down, he's always there for me. If he's down, I'm always there for him. It's just a great bond between me and him," Bright said.

While Bright works side by side with Heinrich, it's his father he hopes to emulate. Sergeant Bright serves as the state trooper spokesperson.

"I have an interest in studying communications or criminal justice. I kind of want to follow in his steps," Caleb said.

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