Which way is Bridgewater leaning?

Which way is five-star Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leaning? That's a question lots of fans in Miami, Tampa and Louisville would like to know the answer.

Which way is five-star Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leaning?

That's a question lots of fans in Miami, Tampa and Louisville would like to know the answer.

A former Miami commitment, the 6-foot-3 Bridgewater re-opened his recruitment when Randy Shannon was dismissed after the season as the Hurricanes coach.

That's when Louisville emerged as a strong player for Bridgewater's services, though the Cardinals had been recruiting him throughout his senior season.

Bridgewater, along with teammate Eli Rogers, a three-star wide receiver who will play in the Under Armour All-American game Jan. 5, made an official visit to Louisville last weekend. There were rumors that the talented duo would publicly announce commitments for the Cardinals after that visit.

But it didn't happen.

Instead, reports emerged shortly after Bridgewater and Rogers left Louisville that they would visit several schools during the week, including South Florida, LSU, Cincinnati and Miami.

Is Teddy Bridgewater leaning towards Louisville?
Most of those visits didn't materialize, though. While Bridgewater visited USF Tuesday and Wednesday, trips to LSU and Cincinnati were canceled.

Over the weekend, multiple reports emerged from south Florida that Bridgewater didn't make an expected official visit to Miami, including the Palm Beach Post's Jorge Milian's, who reported that, "Bridgewater was not among a group of recruits visiting UM this weekend." (There was one report that Bridgewater made an unofficial visit to UM Friday.)

That chain of events is one reason ‘observers' believe Bridgewater is leaning toward Louisville.

Actually, there is 'buzz' behind the scenes that Bridgewater, an Elite 11 QB, could be ready to announce his college decision in the next day or two, which is understandable considering that Scout.com's No. 3-ranked QB prospect is expected to enroll in the college of his choice next month.

If Bridgewater announces a commitment for Louisville Monday or Tuesday it would mean there will be a lot of talk about his decision during the ESPN telecast of the Cardinals game against Southern Mississippi Tuesday in the Beef O'Brady Bowl.

That would be great national ‘pub' for both Bridgewater and Louisville, which is somewhat ironic because Bridgewater has preferred to stay low-key about his recruitment recently, refusing interview requests after visits to Louisville and USF.

Why would Bridgewater choose a rebuilding Louisville program over traditional power Miami or homestate South Florida?

For one, Charlie Strong, the longtime former defensive coordinator at Florida, has undeniable credibility in the state of Florida, while assistant Clint Hurtt, a former player and coach at Miami, has the right connections in Miami to close the deal.

Last year, Louisville signed two players from Bridgewater's school (Michaelee Harris and Corvin Lamb), and had commitments from two other Northwestern players (Todd Chandler, who signed with USF and Torrian Wilson, who signed with UCF).

Louisville also offers Bridgewater the opportunity to start as a freshman, something LSU, Miami, USF and Cincinnati probably don't. The fact that Bridgewater's only competition for the starting job next season at Louisville will be another true freshman (DaMarcus Smith) has to appeal to the star quarterback.

South Florida and Miami are considered the other two legitimate candidates.

It remains to be seen whether new Miami coach Al Golden has enough appeal to lure Bridgewater back into the fold for the Hurricanes. The big question Golden, who hasn't named an offensive staff and doesn't have natural recruiting ties in south Florida, faces is whether Bridgewater would entrust his future to a coach he doesn't know with an offensive staff to be named later?

That leaves USF. The fact that Bridgewater made an official visit with the Skip Holtz' program this week indicates some degree of interest on the player's part. If Miami is a risky choice after the coaching change, USF could emerge as the compromise choice if Bridgewater wants to stay close to home.

Still, there hasn't been any buzz about USF since Bridgewater left the South Florida campus Wednesday.

Which leads us back to Louisville.

One other sign pointing Louisville's way. Bridgewater and Eli Rogers are expected to attend the same school together next season. Rogers told InsideTheVille.com after visiting Louisville with Bridgewater last week that Strong's Cards were "No. 1 on my list."

It looks like Louisville is also number one on Teddy Bridgewater's list.

For Louisville, Miami, and USF fans, a decision from Bridgewater should come soon.

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