The recruiting process can be a long and tiring road for many prospects and a lot of factors go into a prospect's decision.
That decision can be extremely difficult because it's rare for prospects to choose between good and bad options. Often they are forced to choose between multiple options that are all very good.
One thing those prospects often place a high value upon is loyalty. It's important for schools to identify a prospect's talent early and recruit him heavily throughout the process. That's one reason Dexter Bridge is highly interested in NC State, as Pack Pride found last week when we spoke to the 6-2, 185-pound receiver from Berwyn (PA) Conestoga.
"NC State seems like they would be really excited to have me on their team," Bridge stated. "They seem like they're anxious to work with me. They wanted to get me to one of their camps but I've got a lot going on this summer.
"They were the first school to actually talk to me. Michigan State sent me letters last year but North Carolina State was the first to really get in touch. They offered me a scholarship before any other school even visited my school. They've just seemed really interested."
NC State and Illinois are the only two schools that have offered scholarships thus far, though an offer from Syracuse could be coming soon. Bridge said he has been trying to get in touch with the wide receivers coach from Syracuse but has had a difficult time reaching him recently. The Big East school has expressed heavy interest and hinted that an offer might be coming soon.
"I think my top five, not in any specific order, would be North Carolina State, Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers and Boston College," he said.
"Illinois is the other school that has offered me and they're really interested, too. Their coach e-mails me maybe three or four times a week and keeps in contact with me. It's pretty much the same deal (as with NC State). They want me to camp but some camp dates overlap. The other schools I like I haven't received scholarships from but they're very interested."
Bridge has been a busy young man of late. He camped at Michigan State last Saturday, attended an Under Armour All-American Combine in Baltimore on Sunday, and was at Boston College for a camp on Monday.
"I feel like I did really well. One thing I need to work one, from what the Michigan (State) coach told me, is my speed. Both (schools) said I have strong hands and can catch really well but I pretty much need to work on my speed a little bit," he admitted.
Bridge said he would like to make a decision in August but he could change his timetable depending on how circumstances change. He is currently rated a three-star prospect and the No. 75 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com
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