RECRUITING: OU on Pennslyvania DT's radar

Philladelphia DT Callahan Bright may be the best DT in the nation. Do the Sooners have a legit shot?


Some consider Callahan Bright the top defensive tackle prospect in the country. I certainly wouldn't disagree, but one thing we can all agree on is that whoever signs this young man will sign a player who can have an immediate impact.

Bright emerged on the Philadelphia prep scene as a true freshman at defensive end at 220 pounds and the rest has been history. Bright split time between tackle and end his sophomore before moving to fulltime defensive tackle a year ago.

"I just like playing the game," said Bright. "I don't worry about where I line up. If I line up inside at defensive tackle, then I play the game right there. The closer you are to the ball the more explosive you can be. I love being right beside the ball and then just get a jump on my opponent because I can just explode out of my stance."

Stats aren't important to Bright, but he does have goals.

"I am just trying to win games and improve my abilities to the point that I can move on to the next level. I like stats and everything, but winning is a lot more important. If I play well then I will help my team win."

Bright can bench 390 pounds, squats 700 and he has an impressive 25-inch vertical jump. Bright also starts in hoops and starts on his Lacrosse (attack). Bright attended the Elite Combine in New Jersey and the Nike Combine in West Virginia, and in both he took on some of the best offensive linemen in the country.

"I went to New Jersey to line up against Eugene Monroe (Plainfield, New Jersey)," said Bright. "That is really the main reason I went to that combine. He is ranked as the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country and many say I am the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country, and we just went at it. I would say I get the best of him, but he is very talented and he has the best technique on an offensive linemen that I have ever seen."

Thus far Callahan has visited Purdue unofficially and that he is an easy trip for him because his brother Eugene (defensive end) plays there. Bright has been offered by so many schools that he has lost count, and he is keeping his decision wide open.

"I really don't have any favorites at this point," said Bright. "I don't even know what schools that I like the best. I just want to take my visits and see what is out there right now. I am looking at Miami, Nebraska, LSU, North Carolina, USC, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Ohio State and many others. I grew up a fan of Miami and when I was a kid I always wanted to go to Miami. That may give them a slight edge I guess. I am curious about Oklahoma. They might be one of my visits."

Despite the fact that his brother plays at Purdue, Bright says he is not really considering the Boilermakers. Bright says he is considered with what a school can offer off the field as much as on it.

"Right now I am looking hard at the academic support program that a college has," said Bright. "I am concerned more with the academic end of things than football right now."

Bright will attend the Texas A&M camp later this summer. When pressedm Bright said that his top five is Miami, LSU, USC, Texas A&M and Nebraska, but the admits that is a very loose top five and that he has no idea where he might visit.

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