Mark Bridges was excited heading into NC State's most recent camp, as he saw it as an opportunity to improve his position on the Pack's recruiting board.
If you believe the young man himself it sounds like the 6-0, 192-pound safety from Matthews (N.C.) Butler did just that. The coaches were impressed by what they saw and Bridges is as high on the Pack as ever.
"A little over a week ago I was out at the NC State camp," Bridges recalled in an interview with Pack Pride. "It went great for me. It was actually the best camp, statistically, that I've (had) this summer so far. I ran a 4.6 40 and a 3.97 shuttle.
"Coach Bridge pretty much talked to me most of the time. He was following me around and checking me out while we were doing the drills and the one-on-ones. Coach Reed is the DBs coach but I was actually with the defensive coordinator, Mike Archer, most of the time. I wasn't with the DBs coach so much. I pretty much talked to coach Archer and coach Bridge. They told me I did great statistically with the testing stuff."
Despite that, NC State has still not put an offer to Bridges on the table as of yet. That could change soon as the staff has a chance to sit down and get a broader look at the recruiting picture.
"I talked to coach Bridge and he told me they were talking about me at their next meeting," he said. "They're going to evaluate me more and decide if they're gonna extend an offer. Coach Bridge told me to make sure I call him sometime soon to find out."
Bridges has become pretty familiar with the NC State football program in recent months and he has nothing negative to say about the Wolfpack. In spite of offers from East Carolina, Central Michigan and Towson, it sure seems as though he's just waiting on an offer from the Pack.
"Right now, the way they've been, I think they're (my favorite) team in (North) Carolina. I've always liked them a whole lot because they've recruited me real hard. Duke's recruiting me real hard, too, but NC State ... I probably like them over all the Carolina schools. Right now I'm thinking it's nice."
The talented in-state prospect said he does not have a timetable for when he would like to make his college decision and added that he is content to wait for the right offer for a long time. He doesn't want to de-commit once he makes his decision.
Bridges also said he has a verbal offer from Cincinnati.
Bridges Still Hoping for Wolfpack Offer
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