Bridges Hoping For Wolfpack Offer

Matthews (NC) Butler standout Mark Bridges talks about his recent visit to NC State.

Fresh off a visit to NC State, junior safety Mark Bridges had nothing but positive things to say about the Wolfpack.

It was a busy weekend for Bridges, to say the least. The 6-0, 192-pound safety from the talent-rich program at Matthews (N.C.) Butler made a trip to Alabama to check out the Crimson Tide's junior day on Saturday, and on Sunday he was at NC State for the Pack's junior day.

Bridges had positive things to say about Alabama's event and equally glowing things about NC State in a conversation with Pack Pride.

"It was a good visit," Bridges said. "They showed us the field first thing when we got there. They showed us what that was like. We played in the state championship this year, so it was good to see it again. After we looked at the stadium we ate lunch and then the tour started.

"They took us on a bus and showed us different buildings. The campus is much, much bigger than I thought it was. We were going down and couple of streets and NC State property was all over the place. It's a very big campus. I found that out today. I didn't know it before.

"We also looked at the dorms that the football players stay in. Then we saw some different buildings and they took us back to the stadium. They showed us the weight room and the training room. They had a piece of equipment I had never seen before. There was a treadmill that was down in the water. It was the first time I had seen that. I was very impressed.

"We broke up into offense and defense and went into position meetings. I went with the defensive backs coach. We filled out a sheet with our information and they showed us the DB drills they do at NC State. After they showed us the drills they basically told us their goals as defensive backs. They told us what they were trying to do from the previous years."

After all of that - and as you can tell, it was a full day - there wasn't much time left. In fact, everyone was running behind schedule a little bit. Bridges said talking to the NC State coaches was one of the highlights of the trip.

Where is State on Bridges list now that he has had this recent experience?

"It was a very good trip," he continued. "I've been talking to coach Bridge a whole lot. He's recruiting my area. I first talked to him last year. He's come to the school a couple of times.

"I plan on going to NC State's football camp this summer. Hopefully when the spring starts or recruiting picks up I'll get an offer from them."

Bridges said he will attend a junior day at Maryland, and he may also attend Virginia Tech's junior day this coming weekend. In addition to those schools he has been in contact with coach Poindexter from Virginia.

Central Michigan and East Carolina have extended offers to Bridges.

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