Saleem Brightwell was hoping to make a few college visits in the weeks leading up to the start of training camp, but scheduling didn’t work out.
So, with the Paramus (N.J.) Catholic linebacker entrenched in preparation for next weekend’s season opener, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Brightwell pushed the visits to back burner and will look to make a decision after his senior season.
However, just like earlier this month, his top three remain intact.
“My top three are Michigan State, Nebraska and Pittsburgh,” he said. “Those are the schools I have the most contact with. I want a school that is family oriented, and that is going to win game. And the biggest thing is academically, they have to be good.”
Brightwell added when looking at schools, the type of defense run will factor into his decision.
“I will look at schemes,” he said. “The school I mentioned, they run the same scheme as we do, so it won’t be that much different if I went to the school. I feel like I can play different spots, wherever the team needs me to play. I feel as though I’m versatile so teams can move me around.”
However, getting to make visits could be difficult. Paramus Catholic only has one bye built into its schedule, and it is the weekend of Oct. 18.
“I’m going to try and do one during a bye week, but we have games most of the times,” he said. “If I have a week off, I’ll probably try and visit a school, but I don’t know which (would be first) yet.”
On the field, Brightwell is looking to build on a strong junior season in which he made 100 tackles, including 5 ½ sacks. Although he was held out of Monday’s scrimmage at Timber Creek, he said he will be ready to go to start the season.
“I feel faster and I feel stronger compared to last year,” he said. “I feel like during practice I’ve been running faster and I can move better. I can tell a difference.”