Maybe. At the very least, Scout.com's No. 3-rated quarterback prospect is easily one of Louisville 's most heralded recruits along with former All-Americans Michael Bush, Brian Brohm and DeAntwan 'Peanut' Whitehead.
Bridgewater, an Elite 11 quarterback who has been selected to play in January's U.S. Army All-American game, verbally committed to Louisville Monday morning, one week after making an official campus visit with three-star teammate Eli Rogers.
After visiting Louisville last weekend, Bridgewater made an official visit to South Florida. While he'll play in the Big East next season, Bridgewater will do so for the Cardinals.
"I talked to coach Strong and Hurtt and I told them I was coming," Bridgewater said. "I told them I was going to Louisville and both of them were yelling and screaming and real excited. Everyone was just real happy about the news."
With starting quarterbacks Adam Froman and Justin Burke departing, Bridgewater is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job next season. His likely competition? Fellow Elite 11 quarterback DaMarcus Smith, who plans to enroll at Louisville next semester.
Bridgewater isn't just another overly-hyped high school star, his production on the field the past two seasons speaks for itself.
As a junior, Bridgewater threw for 2,546 yards and 32 touchdowns, and rushed for 400 yards and eight scores. This season, Bridgewater threw for a Dade County-best 2,605 yards and 22 touchdowns with only two interceptions, and also rushed for more than 200 yards.
Bridgewater, an outstanding athlete who runs a 4.6 forty, missed two games this season with a minor knee injury, but returned to lead his team in the state playoffs. In his final game, a 42-27 loss to Miami Central in the Class 6A semifinals, Bridgewater threw for 436 yards and scored four touchdowns.
"He has repeatedly shown that he possesses that elusive quality known as "it", the quality that makes plays when a team needs them most," said SunStateFootball.com analyst Geoff Vogt. "While he needs work mechanically as a QB, there is no question he gets the ball where he wants it and he has terrific timing."
Bridgewater led Northwestern to an 10-2 record as a junior and his team finished 10-4 this season, falling to Miami Central in the regional action. As a sophomore, Bridgewater led Northwestern to the Class 6A state championship game.
"He doesn't have the size or arm or athleticism (tools) of [Florida recruit Jeff] Driskel but Bridgewater has the "it" factor going for him," said Scout.com Florida editor Mike Bakas, who rates Bridgewater the #7 overall prospect in the state. "He's been better at this level than [Driskel], he's more accurate, and he's a proven winner.
"He throws a very catchable ball, understands the game extremely well, can buy extra time with his feet, and he's been outstanding everywhere he's been since the end of last season. Being just 6-2 without the rocket arm keeps him out of the top five but Bridgewater has what it takes to be a very good college quarterback."
Bridgewater continues Louisville's Miami pipeline. Last year, the Cardinals signed Bridgewater's former Northwestern teammates Michaelee Harris and Corvin Lamb, plus Miami defensive lineman Jamaine Brooks. This year, Bridgewater joins Miami Central HS standouts Charles Gaines and John Miller.