With Charlie Weis at the controls of the Notre Dame program the Irish should be able to sign a top-flight quarterback with every recruiting class. Allan Bridgford (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) is going to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the 2009 recruiting class, and he likes what Notre Dame can offer.
"I went to one of their camps," Bridgford responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "It was June 3, 2006 I believe. Charlie Weis talked to my coach and invited me back there. It was the first time that I was there. I loved the campus. I loved the area. It's just really nice up there.
"Notre Dame is one of my favorite schools. Charlie Weis is a great coach. I liked the coaching staff. They were all down to earth and friendly. I could tell that they really knew the game. It also helps that Konrad Reuland is there. I'm good friends with him."
Although Notre Dame is still working on the 2008 recruiting class, they have been keeping an eye on the top rising juniors.
"I've gotten a couple letters hear and there from Notre Dame," Bridgford said. "They also came down to one of our spring practices and saw me throw for about a half hour.
"I had an offer from Stanford about two weeks ago. I've been hearing from USC, UCLA, Colorado, and Nebraska. I haven't talked to Florida or Florida State, but I've gotten letters from Florida. Pretty every school that I could dream of going to, I've already heard from. Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA,USC, Colorado, and Nebraska are my favorite schools."
Mission Viejo is one of the top programs in California, and it isn't often that a sophomore is capable of starting for Bob Johnson's program.
"At the beginning of the season there was a senior that was starting over me," Bridgford explained. "Then I ended up starting half-way through the season. De La Salle was the first game that I really got to play in. It was our sixth game of the year. I went in when it was 35-14. With six minutes left I threw two touchdowns, but we still ended up losing 35-28.
"All of it happened really fast. The quarterback that was starting was a really good quarterback. Division I schools were looking at him. I remember after the De La Salle game that our coach called us in and told me that I would be starting. It was the week before we played the biggest game. We played San Clemente and they were the best team in our leagued next to us. We won that game 27-17.
As Mission Viejo begins their 2007 campaign, they should be in good hands. Last season Bridgford ended up completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,642 yards, 15 touchdowns against only three interceptions.
"I have pretty good mechanics," Bridgford said. "I'm a pocket passer. I didn't scramble too much last year, but I have pretty good speed. I run a legit 4.7-forty. I'm accurate. I have a strong arm.
"I've always been a quarterback. You're in charge of the game. You have teammates to help you out, but the game is in your reigns. I'm a good leader. I have a good relationship with all of my teammates. I'm not the guy that's going to lose the game for you."
Bridgford and his teammates travel to Ohio on Labor Day to play in the Herbstreit Challenge. Their first game of the season will be against Cincinnati Moeller.
Bridgford reports a 3.5 g.p.a.