"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."
For Bridgewater the chance at coming in early with an opportunity to compete for the quarterback position was very important.
"Man, more than anything it came down to playing time. With me enrolling early I can come in and compete for a starting spot. When I visited I had nothing but love from all the coaches but especially coach Hurtt and coach Strong."
Bridgewater also had a chance to spend some time with his future position coach Mike Groh.
"Coach Groh and I are real close and have built a good relationship. I know the kind of person that he is and he knows the kind of person that I am. I asked him a lot of questions and he answered all of them so I know I can trust him. It's just very exciting knowing the opportunity I have at Louisville. It's the best situation for me and with guys they have like Michaelee Harris and Corvin Lamb and Eli and some of the weapons they have its going to be real fun and exciting."
Teddy Bridgewater to put it simply is a winner. Bridgewater is at his best when his team needs him most. He shows a tremendous ability to make the big play when the game is on the line. A great pocket passer with above average arm strength he has a very high football IQ. When all else fails he possesses the ability to beat you with his legs. This is a great pick up for head coach Charlie Strong and the Louisville program. Coach Hurtt did a tremendous job of recruiting Teddy Bridgewater and is one of the main reasons he is coming to Louisville. Some have him ranked as high as number seven overall in the state of Florida in a year in which the Sunshine state is absolutely loaded. While seven might be a bit high there is no denying his ability with the ball in his hands. He throws a very catchable ball and is in the 6'2 and 200-pound range.
Sophomore: Talented quarterback prospect who took over after Jacory Harris led Northwestern to back-to-back state titles. Bridgewater led his team to the state title game(6A). In the 10-game regular season, he completed 60-percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and three picks.
Junior: Led Miami Northwestern to the second round of the 6A playoffs while throwing for 2,546 yards with 32 TDs and 12 interceptions. He added over 400 yards on the ground for eight scores. Second Team All State Athlete for 6A classification. Named First Team All County Athlete by Miami Herald. He says he can bench 235-pounds, squat 485 and claims a 38-inch vertical jump.
Bridgewater plans on major in either sports broadcasting or journalism and reports a 3.5 and 18 ACT.
Bridgewater: "I'm like Vince Young when he was at Texas. I can carry a team with my arm and my legs. I'm good at throwing on the run and I'm very mobile.
"I guess I want to learn how to be more of a pro-style quarterback. I need to start taking more snaps under center."
If the Teddy Bridgewater news wasn't enough Louisville also gained a verbal commitment from teammate wide receiver Eli Rogers. Rogers checks in at 5'10 and 180-pounds with legit 4.5 speed. He holds offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami and Central Florida to name a few. Rogers has plenty of speed to burn but what makes him so dangerous is his quickness. Louisville fans better get used to hearing Bridgewater to Rogers in the very near future.
"When I told the coaches they were real excited and happy and said they can't wait for me to get up there in June," Rogers said.
For Louisville fans who may not know much about Rogers and his game he talked about his strengths on the football field.
"Louisville fans need to get ready. The entire Big East needs to get ready. The fans can expect a new name in town. I think my game compares to Percy Harvin up in Minnesota. I am a great route runner with great hands. I just find a way to get open but the best part about my game is my ability after the catch it's what makes me dangerous."
Rogers is very excited about announcing his decision to play for Louisville and loves the idea of playing in the spread.
"It means a lot to me. I am very excited to be starting something new. It's a great opportunity for both Teddy and I. Louisville is the best opportunity for me. Teddy and I are on the same page so we are real excited."
Rogers is deceptively fast, much faster on the football field than his reported 4.5 time. He is extremely fast with the ball in his hands but what makes him most dangerous is his quickness. His initial cut is what leaves most defenders grasping at air and when he gets in the open field he will often find the end zone. Rogers has great awareness and his comfort factor with Bridgewater will go a long way over the coming years.
Junior: Eli Rogers caught 35 passes for 551 yards and 11 touchdowns. Second Team All Dade County WR.
Rogers says he can bench 260-pounds and has a 34-inch vertical jump.
Partial senior (7-2) stats: Rogers has missed two games with a sprained left foot. In seven games, Rogers has around 35 catches for roughly 500 yards.
Rogers plans to major in sports management and reports a 2.3 core GPA and 21 ACT.
Rogers: "I run great routes. I think I have the best routes. I can find a window in the defense easy. I also have great ability after the catch. I always get more yards.
"I want to get stronger and be more powerful getting the ball. I want to improve my separation on deep balls and stretch the field more."