Bridge Back From Visits

Berwyn (PA) Conestoga wide receiver Dexter Bridge spent his spring break on the road visiting several college programs.

Berwyn (PA) Conestoga wide receiver Dexter Bridge spent his spring break on the road visiting several college programs.

"I recently went out and visited North Carolina State, Virginia, Michigan State, and Illinois," said Bridge. "Each school was very different, and I was impressed with them all.

"With North Carolina State, I like the program. Most schools stress power lifting and getting stronger, but they stress flexibility and playing faster. That stood out to me. At Virginia the team seemed to have good team chemistry, and at Michigan State their players appeared to be bigger and stronger. At Illinois I had to watch the practice from the press box, but it appeared to run smoothly."

As a junior Bridge totaled 42 catches for 678 yards and 12 scores. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder already holds offers from Illinois and NC State, and believes Rutgers, Michigan State, Boston College, and Syracuse are close to offering as well.

NC State tailbacks coach Jason Swepson is recruiting Bridge for the Wolfpack. With State being the first school to offer Bridge a scholarship, he indicated that led to him wanting to visit the Wolfpack sooner rather than later.

"I was real excited to get down there because it was my first offer," he said. "I was on the field with the wide receivers and quarterbacks and had a chance to watch them up close. They run a pro-style offense, and that was impressive.

"I also liked their facilities a lot. Their training room was up-to-date, and their weight room was really big. All of it was impressive to me."

With an offer in hand from Illinois, Bridge talked more in-depth about the Illini.

"Illinois has a lot of new equipment," he said. "They put an emphasis on their new weight room, and they have areas that really stand out to the players. It seemed like a lot of their stuff was brand new."

While both schools were happy to have the out-of-state prospect on campus, Bridge said that neither program pushed for a verbal commitment.

"They were real excited to see me and said they loved my tape," he stated. "They both wanted me to really look at their school, but they didn't push for me to commit or anything like that. They understand that it is still early in the recruiting process."

Although Bridge isn't close to reaching a decision, he doesn't believe that his recruitment will extend to signing day.

"I don't really have a leader yet," said Bridge. "I've been talking to all the schools and it's still wide open.

"I might not wait until after the season to make a decision, but it will definitely be after the summer is over because I still have visits to take... I'm still talking to coaches. I still want to visit Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and some other schools."

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