Newnan (Ga.) junior linebacker Emanuel Bridges is excited to be out on the field this spring when they have been able. There has been some bad weather which will extend their practices later into the spring than originally planned.
"We started practicing on May 5th," Bridges said. "We lost some time though because of a lot of bad weather here in Georgia. We had to cancel some practices and our spring will run longer."
This spring is big for Bridges. Last year as a sophomore he did his role on the field. Now the spring before his junior year he's becoming that leader that his team can depend on.
"I feel more like a leader now. I have more people looking at me and I feel like I have to step it up. I really don't want to let people down and I am going to work hard."
The 6-foot-1 and 210-pound linebacker is playing inside in high school, but all of the college coaches that have been through project him outside. He likes the fit outside because of what he can do off of the edge and in space.
"I am playing MIKE now. We played a 3-4 last year and are moving to a 3-4 this year. All of the college coaches like me as an outside linebacker though.
"I'm active from the outside spot. I'm a blitzer and can get to the quarterback. I also play well in space from the linebacker position."
Bridges is nearing a double-digit offer total and he says that he's planning on making some summer trips. He wants to come up with a top five which will likely be the same five schools he will officially visit as a senior.
"I have nine offers at the moment. I am going to take some visits this summer and really set my list and get to a top five. I will take my official visits to those top five."
Nebraska is really putting in the work in the state of Georgia during the evaluation period. The Huskers were at Bridges' school twice already and offered on this visit. He was impressed by how far they traveled to see him in person.
"Nebraska offered me yesterday," Bridges said. "Coach John Papuchis was here to see me and offered. Coach Charlton Warren was here already at my school.
"I was very excited to get the offer from Nebraska. It's a big school in the Big Ten. I really appreciated them coming all the way to Georgia to see me."