Future Bright For Bryan Brighton

Verbal commitment Bryan Brighton is a three-sport, three-position athlete that gave up his love of hockey to be a football player. Brighton and his coach Tom Hoover give us an inside look.

Bryan Brighton, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound tailback/defensive back from Allen Park, Michigan has given Michigan State his verbal commitment.

Brighton says that he can't wait to be a Spartan but when he was younger he thought he would be playing a different sport in East Lansing.

"My first love is Hockey." Brighton said. "I was actually going to join the Compuware Junior "A" team in East Lansing to play hockey. Hockey is definitely my best sport.

"I started playing football while I was in high school and I guess the rest is history. I miss hockey but I don't play it anymore. Too dangerous.

"Right now my plans are to keep lifting after the season. I want to get stronger and faster before I report to fall camp."

Faster? How much faster can Brighton get? He won the state 100-meter dash last year and he runs consistent 100-meter times in the 10.5 range.

Most of Bryan's 40-yard times have been sub 4.4 and he would have won the state 200-meter dash if hadn't popped a hammy (hamstring) half-way through the race at last years state meet.

"Bryan (Brighton) can flat out run," said Allen Park Head Coach Tom Hoover.

"Bryan lines up at tailback, wide receiver and defensive back for us. Michigan State plans to play him as a defensive back.

"Bryan is a big play kid, he just has the knack for making big plays. He's a terrific athlete that's going to do very well for himself at Michigan State.

"The scary thing is that Bryan probably isn't the best of the Brighton's. Bryan's younger brother Derek (Brighton) is a sophomore right now and we have him up on the varsity.

"Derek is 6-1 and he can run with Bryan. He's going to be highly recruited in football and in basketball. Derek already has some Big Ten schools looking at him for basketball." Hoover said.

Why did Brighton pick Michigan State?

"I camped at Michigan State with my team in the summer and then I tested separately for the coaches. Coach (John L.) Smith spent some time with my family during camp and they hit it off.

"I camped at Purdue after Michigan State. On the way home from Purdue, Coach Smith called and said Michigan State was offering me a scholarship. I committed on the spot.

"I chose Michigan State because of Coach Smith and the vibe that me and my parents got from him. Plus, Michigan State has great facilities and its close to home."

Brighton rushed for 1,300 yards and scored 28 touchdowns in 2003. He also had three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

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