Commitment corner: Chandler Bridges

Louisville currently has nine football commitments for the Class of 2013. Cardinal Authority will check in with those prospects heading into the new season. The next prospect we chat with is Chandler Bridges.

Flowery Branch, Ga., offensive lineman Chandler Bridges has been cleared by his doctor and is primed and ready for his senior season.

Bridges, who committed to Louisville in mid-June, suffered a torn ACL last September and missed the rest of his junior season on the football field.

But Bridges reports the "knee is great, " and he's gained over 30 pounds in preparation for his senior season. Flowery Branch opens the season Aug. 31.

"It's been tough for me," Bridges said. "I came back for spring practice and in the first practice I tweaked the knee. I had a second surgery and had the meniscus cut out. But it's fine now and I feel great.

"Now, being cleared and everything healthy I can't describe how good it feels."

Bridges said he has gone from 235 pounds to around 270. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and said his strength has improved from his time being out with the knee injury.

"The torn ACL meant that was five days in the gym, putting on good weight," he said. "Coming back I am expecting to be a lot stronger than I was last year. I have grown a lot as a player as a leader and role model.

"(The injury) created a lot of opportunities that I would not have had otherwise."

Bridges said he was still firm on his commitment to the Cardinals and said he's been building a relationship with the staff and other recruits.

"I talk to the guys there quite a bit," he said. "I talk to the assistants and then coach (Charlie) Strong some, I try and keep in contact to keep the relationship going.

"I just can't wait to get back out there. I am blessed to be in position I am in healthy now I can't wait to show what I can do."

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